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Mayor Betsy Price Returns to Alma Mater as Celebrity Reader
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price recently returned to her alma mater, South Hi Mount Elementary School, as a Celebrity Reader.
Hosted annually, the Celebrity Reader event brings parents, District officials and community residents to the campus to read books to the student body. The event relays the “importance of reading, and that reading is fun,” said Principal Melissa Bryan.
“We are promoting literacy and the love of reading a good book,” she said.
Even more exciting, Mayor Price, a South Hi Mount Elementary alumna, participated in this year’s event. To welcome her, the school marquee read:” Once a Colt. Always a Colt. Welcome Home Mayor Price.”
In a tweet, Mayor Price wrote that she loved being back at her former school.
The Celebrity Reader event is just another example of the community-wide 100X25FWTX initiative to have 100 percent of third-graders reading on grade level or above by 2025. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Price and Matt Rose, BNSF executive chairman to lead the community-wide Read Fort Worth initiative. This collective impact strategy engages parents, grandparents, and caregivers as well as volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith-based community.
View pictures from the Celebrity Reader at South Hi Mount Elementary here.
More Exciting 100x25 Updates Below!
100x25 FWTX Updates
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.
How you can help
Become a Literacy Volunteer
Volunteers are now being placed strategically in schools where they can make the biggest impact. This will grow exponentially in January. Volunteer in schools where you can make the most impact.
Register your child for Pre-K
We’re partnering with parents to get their young children registered for pre-K. Participate in our Pre-K Round-up!
Sign up for ReadyRosie
ReadyRosie is a tool for parents, grandparents, caregivers in all settings to use. Ready Rosie engages parents with short videos that we deliver to your personal device. They show you really fun learning activities to do with your child anywhere – at home, in the car, in a restaurant.
The videos are free. Just sign up!