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Fort Worth ISD Students Go to School a Week Early to Deliver Donated Books to Classrooms
About 20 Fort Worth ISD students were “at school” a week early to help their teachers prepare for the new school year – and to put early literacy front and center. The students and their parents joined Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner and local donor TXU Energy at De Zavala Elementary on Tuesday, August 14 at 1:30 p.m., to unpack and sort more than 1,000 books donated through the efforts of Read Fort Worth. This back-to-school project supported the District’s community-wide 100x25 FWTX initiative.
Read Fort Worth is donating the books through its Classroom Library Campaign designed to support 100x25 FWTX, which sets a goal of 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders reading on grade level or above by 2025.
Superintendent Scribner is partnering with Mayor Price and BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose to lead Read Fort Worth, the community-wide early literacy initiative. For the Classroom Library Campaign, Read Fort Worth has secured book donations from supporters such as TXU Energy.
“As a longtime corporate citizen, TXU Energy is dedicated to giving back to the people of Fort Worth,” Brad Watson, senior director of TXU Energy community affairs, said, “and there’s no greater investment than the education of our young people and nurturing their love of reading.”
The event marks the second campus delivery made possible through Read Fort Worth’s Classroom Library Campaign, an initiative developed with Fort Worth ISD leaders to ensure that young students and teachers have easy and equitable access to high-interest, culturally-relevant books throughout the school day. Donors delivered 1,200 titles to Sunrise-McMillan Elementary School in May; a third event is planned later in August at S.S. Dillow Elementary School.
Read Fort Worth has raised more than $160,000 in gifts and commitments to date. The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth also is dedicating proceeds of its annual dodgeball tournament on Sept. 20 to this campaign. And, a generous supporter has challenged the business community to raise $100,000 for the campaign through Sept. 30, pledging to double the value of gifts to $200,000 and speed book deliveries to the first schools targeted for support based on need.
About 100x25 FWTX
Using the slogan “Ready to Read, Ready to Lead -- Listos para leer, Listos para avanzar,” Superintendent Kent P. Scribner says third-grade literacy has become a top predictor of graduation rates.
“That is our goal,” according to Dr. Scribner. “And, now we are very excited to know the community, through the leadership of Mayor Betsy Price, BNSF Chairman Matt Rose, and others, have embraced this, as well.”
Dr. Scribner unveiled 100X25 FWTX early this summer and talked to District teachers and other staff about it at Convocation in August.
Superintendent Kent Scribner is pictured with the Red Oak Foundation’s Rebecca Brumley and 100 second-graders from Hubbard Heights Elementary School. The Red Oak Foundation supplies books to first and second-grade students in 30 underserved schools.
The 100X25 FWTX goal – 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders reading on grade level or above by 2025.
Why 100X25 FWTX is crucial – Third-grade literacy can determine success in all subjects for years to come, including math and science. Until third grade, children are learning to read. After that, they are reading to learn. Studies show that 75 percent of children who struggle with reading in third grade never catch up.
How 100X25 FWTX will put childhood literacy front and center – A coordinated cradle-to-career strategy will, for the first time, align the goals and the resources of Fort Worth ISD with all facets of the community and put resources where they are needed most. Partners with the District on this strategy include Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose and other leaders and volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith based community.
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