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Ride and Read Early Literacy Celebration Set for November 5

What: Ride and Read early literacy celebration

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016; event begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Dunbar High School, 5700 Ramey Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76112 

Dunbar High School will host Ride and Read, a community event to celebrate early literacy and family fun. This event is free and open to the students and families of Dunbar High School and the entire Fort Worth community. Ride and Read will be held November 5 at the school and will include activities such as story time with local celebrity readers, arts and crafts for children and families, and free books for children from newborn to age 5.  Attendees can also enter a grand prize drawing to win a library with more than 40 children’s books. 

Ride and Read will promote literacy for all students by providing free books and fun activities in an environment centered on reading. The theme for the event is “Books can take you anywhere you want to go!” This event will focus on young children achieving early literacy. Ride and Read is aligned with 100 X 25FWTX, the District’s early literacy initiative with a goal to ensure 100% of third-grade students are reading at or above grade level by the year 2025.  100 X 25FWTX will ensure all children in Fort Worth are ready for college, career and community leadership. This focused, cradle-to-career approach places childhood literacy front and center and aligns the resources of the Fort Worth ISD with the city’s business sector, city leaders, higher education, non-profit organizations, the faith-based community as well as educators and parents.

Ride and Read is a true community celebration, with support from many partners who will be at the event, including UNT Health Science Center Healthy Start program; JPS Health, Wellness, and Fitness; FWISD Equity and Excellence; Eastside Alliance Community Partnership; Historic Stop Six Community Partnership; Early Learning Alliance; FWISD Parents as Teachers; Tarrant County Nurse Family Partnership; Parenting Center, H.E.A.L. (Home visiting, education, leadership); JPS Mom and Baby Special Services; Camp Fire; Red Oak Foundation.

If children are ready to read, they are ready to lead. Dunbar High School welcomes all ages and families to attend Ride and Read.