Northstar Lottery Group, Together with Scholastic, Bring a New Reading Oasis to Washington, Illinois Schools

 Northstar Lottery Group, Together with Scholastic, Bring a New Reading Oasis
                       to Washington, Illinois Schools

More than 1,200 Books to be Donated to Students and Families in the Community

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Ill., April 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Ill., April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --A ribbon cutting ceremony was
held today at Central Primary to commemorate a Reading Oasis donated by
Northstar Lottery Group, the private manager of the Illinois Lottery, in
collaboration with Scholastic. The Reading Oasis will serve both Central
District 51 schools (Washington) to help promote literacy and provide a safe,
nurturing environment within the school for students and parents in an area
devastated by tornadoes last November.

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"Northstar is honored to be able to make a difference in this community.
Washington was tragically affected by the last fall's tornado and we want to
help them rebuild," said Tim Simonson, president and CEO of Northstar Lottery
Group. "Although this is a small gesture, it is a step closer to making this
unwavering town whole again."

"More than 100 Central students are still displaced as a result of the tornado
that destroyed 500 homes and damaged 600 more. Central Schools are located one
block from the center of the tornado's path and incurred approximately
$150,000 in damage to the school buildings and property. This contribution
will certainly contribute to the healing process," said Dr. Chad Allaman,
superintendent of Central District 51. "We have displaced students located in
seven different communities and their parents either drive them to school or
place them on district buses each day to make sure the children get to and
from school safely. This Reading Oasis will give parents a chance to take some
time out of their day to bond with their children over a good book. All of us
at Central District 51 are grateful to Northstar for this gift."

Northstar's donation includes more than 1,200 books for students and their
parents to enjoy, and well as furniture to create a comfortable setting. GTECH
Corporation, Northstar's parent company, helped make this contribution
possible by matching Northstar's contribution.

Today's ceremony took place during Central District 51's Reading Under the
Stars event where parents accompanied their children for a night of reading
and fun activities in Central Primary's gymnasium. Scholastic surprised
students with an appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog®. Scholastic also
provided Klutz Build-a-Book® kits to 300 students to make their own books, and
conducted a raffle for four complete Wimpy Kid book series value packs.

Northstar will also donate $5 book vouchers to every student at Gifford
Elementary school in Gifford, Illinois – another area hit hard during last
year's tornado season. These vouchers will enable children to purchase books
of their choice at Gifford Elementary's upcoming Scholastic Read and Rise®
Book Fair.

Since July 2011, when it officially became the private manager of the Illinois
Lottery, Northstar Lottery Group has sponsored various charitable activities
and has opened nine After School Advantage computer labs statewide in its
ongoing commitment to community service.

Northstar Lottery Group
Northstar Lottery Group is a consortium of best-in-class companies with more
than 50 years combined experience in Illinois. Northstar Group is led by a
partnership between GTECH Corporation and Scientific Games Corporation.

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world's largest publisher and
distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and
related services and children's media. Scholastic creates quality books and
ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines,
multi-media and other products that help children learn both at school and at
home. The Company distributes its products and services worldwide through a
variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail
stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online

Scholastic Read & Rise® Book Fairs
Read & Rise® is a national literacy initiative of Scholastic, the global
children's publishing, education and media company, that reinforces the
practical things all families can do to ensure their children become strong
readers and learners. Together, schools and families practice literacy skills
to encourage a love of reading and promote academic achievement. For more
information, visit or visit the media
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Contact: Chanele Newton (312) 368-5814

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