Chiefs’ Derrick Johnson Unveils 10th “DJ’s Discovery Den” in a Kansas City Elementary School
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
KANSAS CITY – (November 29, 2016) – Veteran Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, Derrick Johnson, has had a busy week—a dramatic overtime win against Denver, hosting more than 100 Chiefs fans at An Evening with Derrick Johnson, a fundraiser benefitting Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation, and opening a DJ’s Discovery Den at King Elementary School.
On Tuesday afternoon, DJ visited King Elementary School and read aloud to 1st and 3rd grade students before a formal dedication and ribbon cutting. The DJ’s Discovery Den transformed an underutilized classroom into a reading oasis, providing access to over 1,200 age appropriate books and an exciting space to learn and read.
During DJ’s visit, students asked about football, school and learning. One student asked about DJ’s favorite subject in school. The answer? Math. Derrick Johnson’s mother was a middle school math teacher for over 40 years. He credits her for teaching him the importance of education, the focus of Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation.
Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation has opened ten DJ’s Discovery Dens in Kansas City Elementary Schools.
The last five DJ’s Discovery Dens were made possible by contributions from IBT Industrial Solutions, in honor of Mark Byrne, who passed away last year.
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