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Read Fort Worth to Launch Bold, Coordinated Initiative to Recruit 1,000 Fort Worth ISD Reading Volunteers

Reading Volunteers to read with Fort Worth ISD students for 2019-20 school year


FORT WORTH, Texas (June 28, 2019) – Read Fort Worth is undertaking the most ambitious service project in its history by assisting in the coordinated recruitment of at least 1,000 reading volunteers as part of a comprehensive reading volunteer initiative to support Fort Worth ISD, along with community partnersRead2Win and Reading Partners.


Recruitment for reading volunteers launches today --July 1-- and continues throughout the 2019-20 school year. Reading volunteers will be asked to commit one hour per week on campuses across the District beginning this fall, reading with students from Kindergarten to 3rd grade.


“Becoming a reading volunteer is rewarding and the positive impact on the volunteer and student is special,” Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercadosaid. “This effort supports ensuring that 100 percent of Fort Worth ISD third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.”


“We know that not all children start the educational race at the same educational starting line,” Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner said. “What we have is an opportunity gap – not an achievement gap. The strategic use of volunteers will support our comprehensive effort.”


Reading volunteer online signup begins July 1 at Read Fort Worth will contact prospective reading volunteers and coordinate a background check with Fort Worth ISD. Qualified reading volunteers will receive training before being connected with a campus reading program.


For more information on becoming a reading volunteer, please visit