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Community partners add to the fun of reading activities

2015 June 10
by HISD Communications

HISD has had many literacy victories to celebrate recently—and that’s due in no small part to our community partners. First, hundreds of students across the district got to meet their virtual mentors in person just before classes ended, during Read Houston Read reveal parties like this one held at Paige Elementary School.

And thanks to a grant won by Library Services from the U.S. Department of Education, HISD’s new bookmobile hit the streets last Friday. It will be working to create a culture of reading in two traditionally underserved communities through Aug. 7.

Finally, summer reading is off to a great start, with two online resources that are completely free for students. One of them, called myON, just recognized its fourth—and final—“Reader Leader” for the 2014–2015 school year, and the company will continue to offer prizes such as gift cards, iPad minis, and other incentives to keep children reading over the next few months.

It’s good to see all of the ways we are partnering with individuals and organizations to get children excited about reading, and I commend everyone involved for ensuring that “fun” remains a part of these activities. Making reading a pleasure is what will eventually make it a habit—and that’s exactly what we want for our students.

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