TOMBALL - Tomball ISD students in Grades 2-4 will join students across Texas in kicking off the fifth annual statewide celebration of literacy called Texas Reads One Book on April 15.
That day, students will gather at school to watch a video of Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett reading the first chapter of Friendship According to Humphrey. Then, for the next three weeks, the students will participate in lessons and activities related to the book at school while reading and discussing the book at home with their families.
Texas Reads One Book is a project by the nonprofit family literacy organization Read to Them with support from the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and AASA | The School Superintendents Association.
Leaders of schools that have participated in Texas Reads One Book rave about the change that happens when elementary families across their districts engage in reading and discussing the same outstanding children’s book at the same time.
“Texas Reads One Book is an outstanding and uplifting program that allows students to experience the power of reading on a larger scale,” Dr. Martha Salazar-Zamora, Tomball ISD Superintendent said. “We are fortunate here in Tomball ISD to have the opportunity to participate in this program as it provides an educational avenue for our community to come together to support the value in reading.”
The program provides a powerful model for engaging parents because every student in participating grade levels receives a copy of the book. This encourages even reluctant readers and parents who don’t normally participate in school activities to get involved. Also, Spanish-language copies of the book are available for Spanish-speaking families.
Gary Anderson, founder of Read to Them, says that family-focused one-book programs can be “game changers” that engage teachers, students and parents and ignite systemic change that revolves around a love of learning rather than test scores. The excitement for reading generated among students and families continues long after the shared reading experience ends, he says, noting that districts in Virginia and New York that participated in similar programs for years have reported higher test scores and increased interest in reading among students.
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