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NCAA to Crown FWISD Readers Become Leaders Program Champion Thursday

Graphic What: NCAA Readers Become Leaders Awards Presentation

Who: FWISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner; Jessica Chrabaszcz, NCAA Gymnastics Committee Chair; Kayla Williams, 2009 Vault World Champion Gymnast; Anel Mercado, Executive Director of Read Fort Worth; Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau representatives  

When: 10:15 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019

Where: Fort Worth Convention Center Arena, 1201 Houston St, Fort Worth, 76102

Summary: Fort Worth ISD’s top three finalists in the NCAA’s Readers Become Leaders program have been identified and will be attending an awards presentation at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena on Thursday, April 18 at 10:15 a.m. as part of the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. 

More than 1,400 students from the following schools will attend the award presentation and then watch the Open Practice:

  • Floor Exercise Group – H. V. Helbing
  • Uneven Bars Group – Leadership Academy at Como
  • Vault Group – Lily B. Clayton

The overall Readers Become Leaders winner will be announced at the April 18 event.

Balance Beam group winner, Meadowbrook Elementary, will receive a special visit from Clifford the Big Red Dog. Highest average minutes read in each of the four groups -- Balance Beam, Floor Exercise, Uneven Bars, and Vault -- was entered in a drawing for lunch with an author, and fourth-graders at Rosemont Elementary are the winning grade level.

The Fort Worth ISD partnered with the NCAA, Scholastic, Read Fort Worth and Visit Fort Worth to implement Readers Become Leaders into the District’s elementary schools. More than 17,000 students from 38 schools participated in the inaugural event and logged more than 6.7 million minutes.  

NCAA’s Team Works division sponsors Readers Become Leaders to help address the literacy problem facing the nation’s youth. Readers Become Leaders encourages students in kindergarten through fifth grade to read by creating a fun environment where they can compete against other schools. Students win prizes that may include NCAA items, pizza parties, and tickets to NCAA events.  

Readers Become Leaders supports 100 X 25FWTX, the District’s early literacy initiative with a goal to ensure 100 percent 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 prepared for college, career and community leadership.

Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Betsy PriceBNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose to lead the community-wide Read Fort Worth initiative. Anel Mercado serves as the executive director. This cradle-to-career strategy puts childhood literacy front and center and aligns the resources of the Fort Worth ISD with the city’s business sector, city leaders, higher education, nonprofit organizations, the faith-based community as well as educators and parents. Childhood literacy can determine success in all subjects for years to come, including math and science.

The 2019 National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships selected Fort Worth as the host city after a successful bid process spearheaded by Visit Fort Worth, Texas Woman’s University and the Knight Eady Sports Group.  Fort Worth will host the event through 2022 with the final three years hosted at the new Dickies Arena. 

The Championship will feature the eight top Division I gymnastics programs competing in two semi-final events at noon and 6 p.m., Friday, April 19, with the Championship set to take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 20. ESPN will televise all events on both days.



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