“For me education is the solution! Public education is the most important element of our society. But if you asked me to reduce it down to one core aspect of education, it boils down to early literacy. If you can read, you can learn to do anything. In public education, we say before 3rd grade you learn to read, after 3rd grade you read to learn. So motivating children to read early is a job of both the parents and the teachers.
Our district is 54% economically disadvantaged, and some parents don’t have the resources to provide age-appropriate books in the home. Perhaps their work hours don’t provide the ability to get kids to the library. But they can get them to school. What if there was a reading-centric happy place parents and children could read together?
On October 14, 2015, both my son Zachary and I visited a United Way Reading Oasis opening at a school in Arlington. Seeing kids reading and having a fun place to read was a sight we will never forget.”
Really the brains behind the success of my kids, but shy—doesn’t like her picture taken or certainly doesn’t want to be on camera!
“Reading for me was hard. I struggled with dyslexia and hated picking up books to read in elementary school. Had I not had parents who forced me to read at home, I would not be the thriving IB student I am today. Reading Oasis is great idea to provide resources and a place to read for those kids who may not otherwise have the resources my parents did. Please support our cause!”
“I love reading. I read the Bible from cover to cover by the time I was five. Growing up in a reading family enabled me to skip Kindergarten, catapulted me to the AP and GT 7th grader that I am. I now read books in Spanish and Arabic, which I am learning in school. Please support our cause so we can help other kids read as well as me.”
“I love books! I was the 2nd kids in HEB to read 1000 Books before Kindergarten this summer. I currently read on a J level. I want all my school friends to read as well as me. Please give to reading.”