Press Release | Foundation Moravia Park Elementary Media Alert

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July 21, 2015

Angela Manolakas (202) 701-7255


Torrey Smith, wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and founder of the Torrey Smith Foundation, has transformed a room at Moravia Park Elementary into a literacy oasis through grants from the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., The Home Depot Foundation and Walmart.

Torrey’s Reading Oasis was created as part of the charitable programming of the Torrey Smith Foundation and its focus on improving literacy in area schools. The Reading Oasis, made possible through grants from the PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Home Depot Foundation and Walmart, will service 344 students at Moravia Park Elementary and provide them access to over 1,200 age-appropriate books, electronic readers, and a comfortable and safe place to read. Volunteers from the community were on hand over the weekend and all week to transform the room.

Smith and representatives from PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., The Home Depot Foundation, Walmart and Scholastic will be on site for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Following the ceremony, Smith will spend time with students.

Media is welcome to attend dedication.

Moravia Park Elementary School
6001 Frankford Ave
Baltimore, MD 21206

Thursday, July 23, 2015
8:40 AM Media Check-in
9:00 AM Dedication of the Reading Oasis begins (Media welcome)
10:00 AM Smith available for interviews

SPONSORS: PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., Scholastic, The Home Depot Foundation, Walmart, Papa Johns International, Inc., Vita Coco, Pixilated, Pepsi, mural by Shawn Forton, shades by the Louver Shop.

Torrey Smith, Founder of the Torrey Smith Foundation
Chanel Smith, Vice President of the Torrey Smith Foundation
Tadem Daniels, Principal, Moravia Park Elementary Karen Brendenberg, Pepsi
Chimere DeVane, PwC LLP Arinze Emeagwali, Pepsi
Joan Scarff, Scholastic Brenda Erwin, Pepsi
Jaquetta Bratley, Walmart Sara Herman, Pepsi
Leslie Cartwright, Papa John’s International, Inc. Latosha Hoyle, Pepsi

About the Torrey Smith Foundation
The mission of the Torrey Smith Foundation is to better the lives of children by providing educational support, opportunities and resources. The current programs include: Torrey’s Reading Oasis, Torrey’s Back to School Program, Torrey’s Turkey Day, Teaming Up With Torrey, and the Tevin Jones Scholarship Fund. The Foundation will remain based in Baltimore, and has plans to expand to the Bay area.

About The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., a section 501(c)(3) organization, makes contributions to the people of PwC in times of financial hardship, and to nonprofit organizations that support and promote education and humanitarianism.

About PwC US
PwC US helps organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. We’re a member of the PwC network of firms, which has firms in 157 countries with more than 195,000 people. We’re committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at

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About Giving Back at The Home Depot

Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work.


Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $85 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 17,000 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit

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