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Volunteer to help the mayor's reading initiative

Posted Dec. 1, 2016

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FWTV 100x25 Ready to read, ready to lead. 100 percent of all Fort Worth Third graders will read on grade level by 2025.

Volunteer to help students become proficient readers and set the foundation for their success in school, career, citizenship and life.

The Fort Worth literacy partnership is seeking volunteers to enhance students’ self-esteem and confidence through patience and encouragement.

Mayor Betsy Price is partnering with Fort Worth schools and the local business community in the partnership aimed at making the Fort Worth Independent School District the most sought-after public school system in the country. Price helped launch the Fort Worth Literacy Partnership with one goal: 100 percent of third-graders reading at grade level by 2025.

Based on the latest data, only three of every 10 third-graders in the 87,000-student FWISD population are reading on grade level. The focus on third-grade literacy is intentional because of the critical correlation between third-grade reading proficiency and long-term academic success in all subjects, including math and science.

Volunteers must be able to meet with students once a week during the school year (September through May) for at least 30 minutes. Reading may be done one-on-one or in groups under the guidance of the school librarian.

Volunteers must be 18 or older, complete an online application and background check and attend a two-hour training.

Upcoming trainings for volunteers:

  • Dec. 10, 2-4 p.m.
  • Dec. 13, 9-11 a.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m.

All training sessions are held at the FWISD Professional Development Center, 3150 McCart Ave.

To learn more, contact Alma Pohler at 817-814-2973. Sign up to volunteer.

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