Category: ‘In the News’

Read Fort Worth Needs Your Vote to Receive $100,000 from Reliant

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 3, 2018) – Read Fort Worth is one of three finalist organizations in the running for a $100,000 donation from “Reliant Gives,” a charitable-giving program from Reliant. The program expands the company’s community outreach across Texas, sharing the power of giving with local communities. Reliant Gives will help support initiatives that […] Read more

Cuban Donates $100,000 to Support YWLA Mission

Fort Worth ISD’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy will benefit from a generous $100,000 donation from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.  The funds will come through Mr. Cuban’s recent donation to the Foundation for the Young Women’s Leadership Academy of Fort Worth. The Foundation, which supports the mission of Fort Worth ISD’s first and only single-gender […] Read more

Sep, 24, 2018

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FWISD Student Scholarship Offers Hit the $100 Million Mark

The Fort Worth ISD Class of 2018 set an important record before moving on to college and careers. New data shows that students earned $102.6 million in scholarships and grant offers. This continues the District’s trend over the last few years of significant increases in scholarship money: 2018 – $102.6 million 2017 – $65.5 million […] Read more

Sep, 18, 2018

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Star-Telegram: Want companies to come to Fort Worth? Help more children read, says business leader

From Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Fort Worth — Burlington Northern Executive Chairman Matt Rose offered a somber warning to business, community and social service leaders who gathered Monday to put more focus on childhood literacy. Fort Worth may be the nation’s 15th largest city, but if more emphasis isn’t placed on student success, it won’t be […] Read more

Summer Scholars Cohort Partners Honored for Working to Prevent Summer Slide

71% of Students Assessed in Cohort Gained/Maintained Literacy Knowledge FORT WORTH, Texas (Sept. 14, 2018) – Read Fort Worth’s 2018 Summer Scholars Cohort demonstrated significant results in curbing summer learning loss, also referred to as “summer slide,” in the area of literacy thanks to a collaborative and coordinated community effort. According to results from the […] Read more

Read Fort Worth welcomes Anel Mercado as Executive Director

Media Contact: Anel Mercado, anel.mercado@readfortworth.org For immediate release: Fort Worth (Aug. 31, 2018) – Read Forth Worth announced that Anel Mercado, former director of programs at Arizona Center for Youth Services, has been named Read Fort Worth’s next Executive Director. Mercado will assume the new role Sept. 5 and will lead the dynamic cross-sector Read Fort […] Read more

Aug, 31, 2018

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“Fort Worth ISD Launches Literacy Campaign,” WBAP/820 AM, Sept. 26, 2016

The Fort Worth Independent School District has launched its campaign to help 100 percent of third graders read at grade level by 2025. Right now, just 30 percent of third graders are meeting current standards. Superintendent Kent Scribner and BNSF Railroad Executive Chairman Matthew Rose met with kids at Oakhurst Elementary School Monday morning. “Our […] Read more

Sep, 29, 2016

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“Fort Worth unveils plan for childhood literacy backed by schools, business leaders,” Fort Worth Business, Sept. 26, 2016:

“Corporations and businesses that consider establishing their headquarters in Fort Worth want to be in areas where employees can find great schools for their children,” [BNSF Railway Executive Chairman Matt] Rose said. “This city is fortunate to have a strong network of private, charter and religious schools. But this will be an even better city […] Read more

Sep, 29, 2016

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“Literacy project’s strong leaders go for difficult goal,” Star-Telegram editorial, Sept. 26, 2016

“Powerful forces have united in Fort Worth to build literacy among the city’s youngest residents. There is no more fundamental building block for success than literacy — and that’s as true for a city as it is for individuals. What’s most impressive about the Fort Worth literacy project is that so many segments of the […] Read more

Sep, 29, 2016

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“Fort Worth literacy project takes aim at 3rd-grade reading levels,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sept. 26, 2016

… (Fort Worth Mayor Betsy) Price, Fort Worth schools Superintendent Kent Scribner and Matt Rose, executive chairman of BNSF Railway, are leading the Fort Worth literacy project, which aims to have 100 percent of the Fort Worth school district’s third-grade students reading at grade level by 2025. “We want our students ready to read so they […] Read more

Sep, 29, 2016

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