Donors can help FWISD fund STEM enrichment and implement literacy strategies at four libraries

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 25, 2018) – Read Fort Worth is competing in A Community Thrives to raise $100,000 and potentially more to implement elementary literacy strategies and introduce STEM enrichment at four Fort Worth ISD elementary campus libraries (Sunrise, Moss, and Western Hills Primary and Elementary) as part of the District’s 100X25 initiative — 100% of third-graders reading on grade level by 2025.

A Community Thrives, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, a fundraising program on CrowdRise by GoFundMe, is a nationwide program that is focused on helping organizations by shining a national spotlight on their community building initiatives.

A Community Thrives will run through Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11:59:59am ET. The more funds that are raised the more we may receive, plus weekly bonuses are also available! At the end of the crowdfunding period, an additional 16 grants totaling will be awarded, including $100,000 for three organizations. We want to be one of those three!

Funds raised will go directly to the four elementary school libraries that serve 2,247 students, of which 91.5% are economically disadvantaged. These resources further the 100×25 mission of Read Fort Worth led by Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose, and Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner in collaboration with leaders and volunteers from the city’s business sector, higher education, non-profit organizations, and the faith-based community.

“We are excited that our collective impact efforts continue to grow and that we are looking to take advantage of available resources everywhere,” Scribner said. “We are so pleased to support Read Fort Worth as they support 100X25FWTX.”

Third-grade literacy can determine success in all subjects for years to come, including math and science. Until third grade, children are learning to read. After that, they are reading to learn.

“Access to books is key for kids, which is why we feel it’s important to us to play a role in ensuring campus libraries have what they need to provide literacy resources to students,” Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado said. “As a community, we have the power to make a difference in the lives of our children. Let’s do this Fort Worth!”

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About Fort Worth ISD

Fort Worth ISD enjoys a diverse student population – more than 86,000! — and strong community partnerships. Under the leadership of the superintendent and the Board of Education, the District is undergoing a series of initiatives that will redesign, transform, and revitalize Fort Worth ISD Schools.

About Read Fort Worth

Read Fort Worth exists to provide unique, actionable data; to organize and align partners under the shared 100×25 goal; to develop strategies for significant improvement, and to communicate best practices and drive results. For more information, visit


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Mar, 25, 2019