Chris and Malaak Rock speak on the importance of children having a place to learn and grow at the opening of the renovated Salvation Army Bushwick Community Center in Brooklyn. Chris attended the center as a child.
Chris shares a few treats with his youngest daughter Zahra at the event.
“I played here as a kid after school. I played pool, basketball, and it’s all good [memories],” he says.
The Rocks read to children during the event and share the importance of literacy.
“For me, as a parent, I feel like reading is fundamental. I really believe that you need to be computer literate,” says Malaak.
The Rocks partnered with Target, who made a $1 million donation to the Salvation Army to modernize 40 of its libraries throughout the country, including the home of Chris’s childhood after-school and summer programs.
Chris shares his experiences from the community center, which included fun, games—and a few punches.
“I got beat up here a couple of times and I learned how to fight here too,” he says. Malaak was sure to add a positive note. “And he was baptized here too,” she says.
The children enjoy music and prizes at the community’s new and improved center.
The Rocks were awarded a greater New York $25,000 grant to modernize the center with new books, furniture, flooring and a computer lab.
The deejay plays the latest music as the kids hit the dance floor.
Food and goodies overflow as a new day dawns in the neighborhood.
Children try their hand at exciting activities at the event.