Local Business Leaders Donate 150 e-Readers to School Library

Father and son inspired after shadowing Cullen MS principal during YPO event

December 04, 2012

Houston Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) members Michael and Stephen Smith were inspired by teachers and students after a recent tour of Cullen Middle School. The result: a generous donation of 150 new e-readers to the Cullen Middle School library.

“This donation is just tremendous. I’m excited to have 150 e-readers on our campus. They will be a major contribution to our literacy initiative,” said Cullen Principal Clayton Crook.

Crook and students gathered Monday, Dec. 3, to thank Michael Smith and son Stephen for their generous donation to the Cullen school library. The students were thrilled to learn that the Smiths donated 150 e-readers to the Cullen library, which will go a long way in re-establishing the school library.

Michael and Stephen shadowed Crook in October as part of a collaboration between local school districts and the Houston YPO, comprised of Houston-area business leaders. The event marked the first time community business leaders gathered with Houston principals and school leaders to discuss the state of Houston-area schools, teachers, and students.

“After being with Mr. Crook for a whole day, seeing the culture here, and the teachers’ dedication, we thought e-readers would supplement everything they’re trying to do here,” Stephen Smith said.

Crook said he was proud of the fact that Michael and Stephen had the opportunity to observe teachers and students hard at work, and he recognized that this is a great year for Cullen Middle School teachers and students.