HOW CAN YOU HELP?
WHY DOES THIRD-GRADE READING MATTER?
- Children who do not read well by 3rd grade are 4X more likely to drop out of school.
- The risk is even higher for low-income children not reading on grade level.
- Third-graders who are proficient readers are positioned for future success.
HOW CAN I HELP?
READ 20 MINUTES A DAY WITH A CHILD
- Students who read 20 minutes a day score higher than their peers on reading tests.
- Students who read 1 minute per day gain less vocabulary and perform lower than their peers.
KNOW YOUR SCHOOL'S PERFORMANCE
Read Fort Worth’s Data Dashboard allows viewers to see how Fort Worth third-graders are doing in reading. To see how your school is performing visit the dashboard at www.ReadFortWorth.org/dashboard .
GIVE YOUR TIME
Read Fort Worth supports multiple partner organizations that provide volunteer reading mentors and reading tutors for Fort Worth ISD elementary schools.
Prospective volunteers may register online through the Fort Worth ISD volunteer portal at https://volunteer.fwisd.org/. Volunteers should identify the organization that they intend to support in the field provided or select “100x25FWTX Reader” in the "Organization" field.
Reading Partners of North Texas serves children in five Fort Worth ISD Leadership Academy elementary schools – Maude Logan, Mitchell Boulevard, John T. White, Como and Edward J. Briscoe, and is in immediate need of volunteers to mentor young readers. Sign up at https://readingpartners.org/volunteer/
Read 2 Win matches volunteer reading mentors from faith-based communities, public safety and other civic groups with first-graders in more than 40 Fort Worth ISD schools to promote strong literacy skills. Register for training sessions at http://www.tarrantnet.org/read2win/about/get-involved/ .
Fort Worth ISD will offer volunteer reading training this fall through a series of literacy skills
videos. Prospective volunteer reading mentors will be contacted by campus liaisons once they have been registered through the volunteer portal and passed a background check.
GIVE YOUR MONEY
Read Fort Worth’s Classroom Library Campaign is raising 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.
A 2017 Read Fort Worth literacy asset inventory showed that higher-performing elementary schools most often had robust classroom libraries to support independent reading time.
Read Fort Worth is partnering with the Education Foundation for Fort Worth Schools in a Classroom Library Campaign to raise funds to place up to 100 high-interest books in Pre-K through Second Grade classrooms across Fort Worth ISD, starting with the schools most in need.
TO DONATE ONLINE:
For more information visit: http://readfortworth.org/classroom-library-campaign/