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Read Houston Read now underway, but more volunteers still needed

2014 November 6
by HISD Communications

Administrators often talk about how education is a joint effort—it takes everyone in a particular community to make it work. Public school districts can’t do it alone, so parents, community volunteers, business partners, and other concerned individuals must also occasionally lend a hand.

This week, caring citizens across Houston—some of whom also happen to be our employees—began demonstrating their commitment to Houston’s children by helping HISD first-graders develop a love of reading. They are volunteering through the district’s Read Houston Read initiative, which is part of the Literacy By 3 movement.

As educators, we already know that solid reading skills are the foundation for success in every subject, so it’s exciting to hear from community volunteers like Kimberly Thompson, who is spending an hour a week with two first-graders at Sutton Elementary. Kimberly recently told us, “When someone from the outside comes in and reads to these children, they just feel special. When you feel special, you are more open to every experience that comes your way.”

I couldn’t agree more, Kimberly.  In addition to having a lasting impact on the self-esteem of these young students, Read Houston Read volunteers will also help them develop a basic skill that can make the difference between lifelong learning and achievement or frustration and failure.

HISD still needs more volunteers for Read Houston Read. Won’t you sign up to be one today? All it takes is 30–60 minutes of your time once a week, and you can even work with students remotely via computer.

For more information, please visit our Read Houston Read website.

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