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WHAT: Torrey Smith, wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and founder of the Torrey Smith Foundation, has transformed a room at Gardenville 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, The Home Depot Foundation and Walmart, will service 394 students at Gardenville 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.

Gardenville Elementary
5300 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21206
Phone: 410-396-6382
Parking is available on Frankford Ave

Friday, May 22nd
9:40 AM Media Check-in
10:00 AM Dedication of the Reading Oasis begins (Media welcome)
11:00 AM Smith available for interviews

SPONSORS: PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc., Scholastic, Home Depot Foundation, Walmart, Papa Johns International, Inc., Pixilated Photobooth, mural by Shawn Forton.

Torrey Smith, San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver and Founder of the Torrey Smith Foundation
Chanel Smith, Vice President of the Torrey Smith Foundation
Anthony Brooks, Principal at Gardenville Elementary
Chimere DeVane, PwC Charitable Foundation, Inc.,
Joan Scarff, Scholastic
Roxanna Ortiz and Katie Fuller, The Home Depot
Jaquetta Bratley, Walmart
Bob Billman, Papa John’s International, Inc.

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 in 157 countries with more than 184,000 people. We’re committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Tell us what matters to you and find out more by visiting us at Gain customized access to our insights by downloading our thought leadership app: PwC’s 365™ Advancing business thinking every day

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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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