FORT WORTH, Texas (May 26, 2020) – Read Fort Worth is celebrating the end of a challenging school year with Parent Appreciation Day on Wednesday, May 27. The daylong celebration honors parents and caregivers for their unwavering support of their children during these challenging times.

“We have always known – and decades of research and data support – that parents and parent figures in a child’s life are the most significant predictor of a child’s success in school,” Read Fort Worth Executive Director Elizabeth Brands said. “Parents have never been more crucial than now, as learning shifted this spring from classrooms to homes.

“Read Fort Worth wants to say a big ‘Thank you’ to all our parents and every adult who plays this significant role for a child. Thank you for the role you play as primary educator, nurse, referee, coach, and cook for your child. Your children look to you as an example to follow. Thank you, parents!”

Read Fort Worth is also teaming up with Fort Worth ISD and the City of Fort Worth to champion Parent Appreciation Day. Built around an “End of the Year Awards” theme, Parent Appreciation Day is a fun-filled celebration featuring downloadable award certificates for parents and students, video messages of thanks, and social media shareables.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and FWISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner each personally recorded video messages of appreciation that are available across partner social media channels. The downloadable awards include categories for both parents and students, such as “Favorite Teacher” and “#1 Student,” and customizable certificates that can include any messaging. The social media shareables include fun graphics, along with the hashtags #MoreThanAParent and #ParentAppreciation. Many of the materials are available in Spanish.

To download materials and begin celebrating Parent Appreciation Day, please visit readfortworth.org/parents.

May, 26, 2020