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Oasis Reading Centers Coming to Arlington Friday

Volunteers from Atmos Energy and Pier 1 will install two Reading Oasis reading centersin Arlington on November 21. The reading centers will be among nine Reading Oasesinstalled by United Way and its partners in the last five months. The new Oases will be at Adams Elementary School, 2220 Sherry; and Webb Elementary School, 1200 N. Cooper.

The Peters Family has generously provided a $25,000 sponsorship to make the Oases possible. Unveiling events for students and their parents will be held at the schools in the future. The Reading Oasis installed earlier at Lowery Road Elementary School in Fort Worth (pictured above) was unveiled at a November 13 event for children and their families.

A Reading Oasis provides an inviting spot where families can enjoy reading together, learn how to make reading a habit at home and gain access to books year-round. It contains 1,000 new books, beanbag chairs and a colorful carpet. Every child in a Reading Oasis school receives a membership to United Way Club Connect, a national website featuring celebrity book readings, games, videos and other learning activities. Their families receive coupons monthly from organizations such as Scholastic, Mattel and General Mills.

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. United Way is committed to helping 8,000 Tarrant County students at risk of dropping out of school to graduate on time by 2020.