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04/21/2008 3:19 PM ET
Oakland A's Players Huston Street, Andrew Brown and Oakland Action Team students partner with Volunteers of America to encourage area youth to read
Teen volunteers and Major Leaguers help kids fall in love with books

OAKLAND –- Oakland A's players Huston Street and Andrew Brown are scheduled to join high school students from the Oakland Action Team on Tuesday, April 22 at Lockwood Elementary for a school-wide assembly aimed at creating a love of books and reading in youngsters.

The assembly is scheduled from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the school, located at 6701 International Blvd. in Oakland. Street and Brown will join the high school-aged Oakland Action Team Captains to discuss the importance of education and their own love of reading. Students in grades K-5 attending the assembly will be greeted by Clifford the Big Red Dog and receive a book to take home provided by Scholastic.

The event, created and organized by the Oakland Action Team, a group of communityminded high school students working with the players to inspire and train the next generation of volunteers, is planned as a fun and exciting way to encourage children to read while also helping disadvantaged kids in the Oakland area. Lockwood Elementary serves the A's home neighborhood surrounding McAffe Coliseum and also is an area where many families struggle to provide items other people take for granted.

Administered by Volunteers of America and the Major League Baseball Players Trust, the Action Team program was created to encourage young people throughout the United States to volunteer in their communities. Action Teams, consisting of Major League baseball players and Team Captains from area high schools, are working together in cities nationwide to encourage young people to get involved. The Action Team program also includes a school-based curriculum developed by the Players Trust, in partnership with The Wall Street Journal's Classroom Edition, that carries the message of volunteerism and teaches valuable community service skills to 700,000 high school students in more than 5,000 classrooms across the United States.

Also, on the night of April 22, the Oakland Action Team Captains will be honored in a ceremony at McAffe Coliseum prior to the A's game against the Minnesota Twins. Action Team Captains will take the field along with John Bailey, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Bay Area, where they will be presented with certificates of achievement signed by the players acknowledging their dedicated service to the community and efforts to encourage their peers to volunteer.

Through the Players Trust, Major Leaguers contribute their time, money and celebrity to call attention to important causes affecting the needy and to help encourage others to get involved in their own communities. In partnership with Volunteers of America, the national human service organization, the Players Trust created and helps administer the Action Team, a national youth volunteer initiative currently inspiring the next generation of volunteers in cities throughout the United States. For more information on the Major League Baseball Players Trust, please visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com.