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Simple reading or complex technology: volunteers make a difference to HISD schools

2015 March 5
by HISD Communications

Every day, you can find examples in HISD schools of how community partners are enriching our students’ lives. Let me give you two from the past week.

This is National Read Aloud Month, and it’s always kicked off on Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Read Aloud Day, which was widely celebrated around HISD. At Walnut Bend ES, Dr. Seuss’ books came to life for pre-kindergartners and first-graders as Thing 1, the Cat in the Hat, and other characters visited. They were dedicated volunteers from the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and Phillips 66, both major supporters of HISD’s Read Houston Read program which coordinates hundreds of mentors who read with our first-graders every week.

At Milby HS, a support team from Technology for All and Mission Milby Community Development Corporation is showing that our PowerUp digital transformation doesn’t have to be entirely district-driven. Last week, those skilled volunteers worked with teachers to explore the HUB, HISD’s growing teaching and learning platform.

Everyone benefits from this kind of sharing — whether it’s in the classroom or with our partners who open their workplaces to our students and teachers for real-world learning.  They understand that their personal involvement in HISD is an investment in the future — and we’re grateful.

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