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New Bedford and Grapevine Reading Oases Increase Total to 19

Stonegate RO - 392x304Tarrant County now has United Way Reading Oases in 19 elementary schools with the recent unveiling of new reading centers in Bedford and Grapevine.

A Reading Oasis is a place where children and their families can read together, learn how to make reading a habit at home and gain access to books year-round. Each Oasis has hundreds of new books in new bookshelves, comfortable furniture and a listening library with a CD player and books on CDs.

The latest Reading Oasis (shown above) was unveiled at Stonegate Elementary in Bedford Sept. 8. It was installed by volunteers from the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Education Foundation and underwritten by the Foundation along with Brackett & Ellis, and Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson. Among other uses, the Reading Oasis will be home base for Stonegate Elementary’s reading buddies program through which 6th graders work with kindergartners on reading.

121 Community Church Vols-249x249Timberline Elementary in Grapevine unveiled its new Reading Oasis Sept. 1 during Kindergarten Curriculum Night. The Timberline Oasis also was underwritten by three sponsors: Deloitte; Holman; and 121 Community Church. Members of 121 Community Church (shown here) installed the reading center and are planning to be volunteer readers in the Oasis.

Tarrant County is the first community in the nation to launch the Reading Oasis initiative to create a love for reading in all children,” said Emily Furney, Corporate Relations Manager at United Way of Tarrant County. “We also have the most Reading Oases in the nation.” Reading Oases are among the United Way-supported education strategies that foster early learning, reading proficiency and middle school and high school academic success in Tarrant County.

For more information about United Way’s Reading Oasis program, email Emily.Furney@unitedwaytarrant.org.