Posted on January 25, 2022
The Readers Become Leaders program kicked off this week to encourage K-5 students to read consistently.
A launch event at Harlean Beal Elementary School featured Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner and Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker. At the end of Monday’s event, TCU athletes and Clifford the Big Red Dog toured the classrooms and the athletes read to the students.
The program is an initiative of the NCAA in partnership with the National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships, Fort Worth Athletic Commission and FWISD.
More than 41,000 FWISD students have participated in the program over the past three years, reading more than 14 million combined minutes, making it the largest NCAA community outreach program in history.
“We are extremely proud of our collaboration with the NCAA and ISD Fort Worth, especially in helping them achieve their academic goals, which ultimately helps them succeed in school and beyond,” Jason said. Sands, director of the Fort Worth Sports Commission, a division visiting Fort Worth. “The positive impact of this program is a perfect example of how we are able to leverage these high-profile events to positively impact the community.”
The 2022 program lasts 10 weeks. The program has 680 registered classes, or 14,289 students. The top three schools will be invited to attend an open practice for the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships on April 13, where the winning school will be announced.
“Reading is the basis of all learning. Our students’ success in school and in life depends on their ability to read well,” said Jerry Moore, Chief of Schools at ISD Fort Worth. “Readers Become Leaders is a friendly contest that makes reading fun and rewards kids for reading. Many of our schools are also receiving new library books.
The first 25 schools to register will receive 150 new books donated to their libraries by the Fort Worth Athletic Commission. Students will also receive fun gifts to keep them motivated to read. The winning school will receive prizes for the school and for all of its teachers. Students will enjoy a pizza night with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Second and third place schools, as well as the best overall K-5 class, will receive additional prize packs.
Community organizations or individuals interested in donating should email Jason Sands.
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