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Local TV Personalities Read to Students at Eastern Hills ES

Students at Eastern Hills Elementary were face to face this week with representations of just how far reading can take you.normag

On Tuesday, April 17, eight TV news personalities from NBC 5 (KXAS) and Telemundo 39 Dallas-Fort Worth (KXTX-TV) visited classrooms at the school and read to third-grade students and dual language kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms. The visit was a joint partnership of the Fort Worth ISD, Read Fort Worth, NBC 5 and Telemundo.

The journalists chatted with students about the books they read, their jobs in TV news and how important reading is to the students’ future successes.

Katy Blakey, an NBC 5 anchor, said she was pleased to see the joy students at Eastern Hills Elementary have for reading.

“If they can do this well and learn how to read and have a passion for reading, it will take them wherever they want to go,” she said. 

Principal Whitney Scott said she’s hopeful her students see the excitement the TV news reporters and anchors have for reading and that they adopt the same mindset. From kindergarten to third-grade, children are learning to read, and it takes a community effort to ensure children are reading on grade level, she said.  The TV personalities are a representation of where reading can take these students, Ms. Scott said.

The District’s mission is to preparing all students for success in college, career and community leadership, and that starts with learning to read, Ms. Scott said.nbc5

“It’s everything because they’re going to contribute to our society,” she said of her students. “This is not just a school effort. This is all of us coming together. Everybody is rooting for them and investing in them.”

100 X 25 FWTX is a District goal that 100 percent of third-graders are reading on grade level or above by the year 2025. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Betsy Price and BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose 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 and encourages them to read to the city’s youngest readers.

View the full photo gallery from the recent visit here.


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