READ FORT WORTH
Read Fort Worth was established in 2016 in support of the Fort Worth ISD’s goal of ensuring that 100 percent of third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.
The Classroom Library Campaign is one community strategy to advance early childhood literacy. We invite you to help us raise funds to place up to 100 high-interest books in Pre-K through second grade classrooms across Fort Worth ISD, starting with elementary schools most in need.
CLOSING THE GAPS
- Many Fort Worth ISD Elementary schools are supported by well-organized parent and community organizations that provide campus support.
- A recent asset inventory showed that many low performing schools do not have robust classroom libraries to support independent reading.
THE CLASSROOM LIBRARY CAMPAIGN
- Research shows that flooding a classroom with about 100 high-interest books can support gains in early literacy skills and help students develop a love for reading.
- Fort Worth ISD has built a list of classroom books which are grade leveled and reading skill leveled with culturally diverse content including Spanish-language.
- Read Fort Worth has worked with the Fort Worth ISD to build a list of priority schools where reading resources are most lacking and the Classroom Library Campaign will prioritize these campuses.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
We invite all neighborhoods, community groups, business and individuals to support the Fort Worth ISD Classroom Library Campaign by making a tax-deductible donation.
- Buy 1 Book - $15
- Buy 16 Books - $250
- Buy 33 Books - $500
- Buy 1 Classroom Book Set (100 Titles) - $1,500
- Adopt 1 Elementary Grade (4 Classrooms) - $6,000
- Adopt 1 Elementary School (4 Grades) - $25,000
Contributions by check may be mailed to:
Read Fort Worth Fund at North Texas Community Foundation
1500 N. Main St., Suite 105
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
A 2017 ASSET INVENTORY SHOWED:
Higher-performing elementary schools most often have robust classroom libraries to support independent reading time.
Low performing elementary schools had 50 fewer classroom book titles on average than their higher-performing schools.
Schools with high teacher turnover frequently have smaller classroom libraries to support independent reading.
New teachers need support to build up strong classroom book libraries.
Spanish-language materials are needed to support English language learners and dual language classrooms.
Research on best education practices shows that classroom libraries need at least 100 high-interest culturally relevant book titles.