Four new United Way Reading Oasis reading centers were installed in the HEB, Arlington and Keller school districts during the final quarter of 2015. 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, comfortable furniture and a listening library with a CD player and books on CDs. Every child at an Oasis school receives a membership to United Way Club Connect, a national website featuring celebrity book readings, games, videos and other learning activities.
Huckabee sponsored and installed a Reading Oasis Oct. 5 at Bell Manor Elementary, 1300 Winchester Way in Bedford. The Oasis officially opened during student-led parent conferences on Oct. 7.
Reading activities and Santa Claus were part of the fun at the Dec. 3 ribbon-cutting held for the new Oasis at Roark Elementary, 2401 Roberts Circle in Arlington. United Way staff members installed the Oasis, which was underwritten by the Peters family.
The Peters family also sponsored the Oasis at Knox Elementary at 2315 Stonegate in Arlington. Volunteers from Pier 1 Imports assembled the Oasis, which was unveiled Dec. 8 during a Family Engagement Night that also featured a book fair, Santa Claus, crafts, games and snacks.
The Dec. 15 ribbon-cutting event for the Oasis at Keller ISD’s Caprock Elementary at 12301 Grey Twig Dr. in Fort Worth was the 15th Oasis established by United Way of Tarrant County since June 2014. Among those participating in the event were Keller ISD Supt. Randy Reid, Caprock Elementary Principal Angie Nayfa, Keller ISD board members and representatives from Ryder. Ryder underwrote and installed the Reading Oasis.
“Ryder is committed to investing in the future of our community by building a foundation of learning through the Reading Oasis at an early age,” said Cindy Stene, Talent Manager, PHR of Supply Chain Solutions, Ryder System, Inc. “We are excited to sponsor an elementary school near our facility where our employees can become involved in helping students to read and learn.”
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. For more information about United Way’s Reading Oasis program or to discuss underwriting an Oasis, email Emily.Furney@unitedwaytarrant.org.