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WILD ABOUT READING

Reading on grade level by the end of third grade is the most significant predictor of high school graduation. Children who have not learned to read cannot “read to learn.”

 

Join us for the 2018 “Wild About Reading” event presented by Atmos Energy and the United Way of Tarrant County!

Sunday, March 4th | noon-4pm
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

FREE PARKING at Farrington Field (Fee Required for Other Parking)

Highlights of the event include:

FREE Books for Children – 0 Through Age 12 (While Supply Lasts), Celebrity Readers, Fun Activities, Sign Up for FREE Library Cards, Raffle Prizes, FREE Children’s Book Backpacks (While Supply Lasts)

Event Partners:
Arlington Public Library, Big Brothers Big Sisters, BridgesWork, Camp Fire First Texas, Clayton YES!, Everman ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Foundation Communities, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, Hurst Euless-Bedford ISD, Morningside Children’s Partnership, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

 2017 Wild About Reading Re-cap

The 2017 “Wild About Reading” event presented by Atmos Energy and the United Way of Tarrant County was a huge success. The event was held at The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on March 5. Over 3,000 people of all ages attended, tripling last year’s event.  NBC 5’s Deborah Ferguson and The Step Stool Chef both made an appearance. Children also enjoyed balloon animals, a juggler, and an appearance by The Cat in the Hat’s sister, Sister Cat.

“When you read to these kids and they engage in the story, you can see their eyes light up. I am the daughter of a woman with a second grade education,” NBC 5’s Deborah Ferguson said. “My mom never let that stop her. She kept learning and to read, she uses the dictionary, and because she struggled, I now appreciate reading and literacy.”

More than 4,000 donated books were given out at this year’s event, and over 100 people volunteered. Volunteers passed out books, greeted the thousands of children and their families, and helped to make the event run smoothly.

This great event was powered by our amazing sponsors:

Atmos Energy, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Capital One, Holman, Facebook, Educational First Steps, Arlington Public Library, Big Brothers Big Sisters, BridgesWork, Camp Fire First Texas, Clayton YES!, Everman ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Foundation Communities, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains
Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Morningside Children’s Partnership, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

Check out all the photos from the event:

Wild about Reading 2017

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