At six-feet, six-inches tall, Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Justin Anderson is a lot to look up to but Thursday he sat with a group of school children, hoping to make a difference in their lives.
Anderson read Dr. Seuss books, including Oh, the Places You'll Go! and Green Eggs and Ham to students at Uplift Education's Peak Preparatory School in Dallas. The goal is to bring more awareness about the role books play in a child's education.
According to the United Way, Dallas has a 38-percent poverty rate, and thousands of local children don't own one single book. "For a child, reading is critical to the foundation of all future learning," the organization says.
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Anderson is among a list of North Texas celebrities teaming up with United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and Central Market/H-E-B to "Change a Child's Story."
The eight-week long campaign invites people to make a $5 donation, pledge to read to a child for 20 minutes a day and share the message on social media.
To donate, visit the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas website.