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Maude Logan Elementary became the latest school to receive a Reading Oasis! On Friday, August 14th, the Starfish Committee of the Tarrant County Women’s Policy Forum helped installed the shelves, books, reading materials and listening station in an area designated to the children. Approximately 450 kids and their parents will benefit from the Reading Oasis. Maude Logan Elementary school is a part of the Fort Worth ISD.

Every Reading Oasis will include 400 new books, beanbag chairs, a colorful carpet that says “TIME TO READ” and a listening library with a CD player and books on CDs. Every child in the Reading Oasis schools will receive a membership to United Way’s Club Connect, a national website featuring celebrity book readings, author interviews, games, videos, and suggestions on how kids can get involved in their communities and give back. Families will receive monthly emails with information and coupons from participating organizations such as Scholastic, Mattel, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s and Clorox.

The Starfish Committee has been raising money specifically for their partnership to support Maude Logan for several years, through fundraising events, golf tourney etc. The committee wanted to leave a big mark on the school and chose to give $10k to fund the Reading Oasis. Kerry Neuhardt and others from the committee showed their commitment by rolling up their sleeves and did the installation as well.

This is the eleventh Reading Oasis that United Way of Tarrant County has brought to the community and there’s more to come!

Photo: Kerry Neuhardt, Richard Van Hooser, Sandy Webb, Emily Furney, Stephanie Mischke, Sandy Kautz and AP Christina Hanson.