Dwight Howard at the Houston Zoo

DSC_0598 By Lauren Goodwin

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation was honored to participate in this great event hosted by the D12 Foundation at The Houston Zoo. Dwight spent some time in the morning with Jr. Zookeeper, JonMitchell Goode, an 8th grade student at McReynolds Middle School, who was selected by his essay on how he would be an excellent zookeeper. JonMitchell shared with Dwight his fun-filled adventures, such as the Cheetah Walk, his introduction to the Wild African dog pack and how the Houston Zoo works very hard to conserve these animals.

Dwight also took time in the Children’s Zoo to read to 10 of MD Anderson’s Family YMCA “Eager Readers” along with some special guests from the Zoo such as a chinchilla, a Flemish Giant rabbit, a beetle, and a South American armadillo, named Millie! Dwight was able to chat with, read to, and take photos with all of the children present at the Swap Shop. It was an exciting event filled with interesting facts about animals and fun activities going on the entire time. We are so glad that the D12 Foundation partnered with the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation to participate in this wonderful event and to be able to donate our books to these kids from the YMCA. We look forward to many more activities like this!