FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 23, 2018) – Read Fort Worth won a $100,000 donation from “Reliant Gives” during a special presentation hosted by Fort Worth ISD at North Hi Mount Elementary this morning. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner, Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado and Reliant President Elizabeth Killinger were on hand for the announcement.

Read Fort Worth was one of three finalist organizations in the running for a $100,000 donation from Reliant Gives, a charitable-giving program from Reliant. Online voting for the three finalists took place from Oct. 15-21.

The donation from Reliant Gives will help support initiatives that promote children’s literacy in Fort Worth ISD, such as Reading Volunteers and the Library Classroom Campaign. The shared mission of Read Fort Worth and Fort Worth ISD is to align partners, strategies and resources to significantly improve early childhood literacy so that 100 percent of Fort Worth third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025. The ambitious initiative is branded “100X25FWTX.”

Mayor Price: “It’s another step forward for Read Fort Worth to get kids reading so that we have a great workforce and a great city. The $100,000 will be put to great use. I’m very excited about it.”

Dr. Scribner: “It’s an exciting victory for our school district. The goal is to identify programs that work and use this $100,000 to take those programs to scale and fund what works.”

Anel Mercado: “This is Fort Worth coming together. This is the community really supporting the work that we’re doing and the importance of children reading on grade level, as well as the future success of our community, our city and our country.”