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School Districts Invited to Join Dallas Cowboys Coach in Texas Reads One Book! Program

Read to Them logo Texas Reads One Book graphic 02.18.2015 — At 9 a.m., April 27, 2015, Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett will kick off a statewide celebration of literacy involving school districts and families across Texas. His videotaped reading of the first chapter of The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney will be shown in participating elementary schools to begin the Texas Reads One Book! program. All Texas school districts are invited to participate.

Texas Reads One Book! is a statewide community reading experience sponsored by Read to Them, a national family literacy group that has partnered with more than 800 school communities in 47 states. During the three-week program, families will take up where Coach Garrett leaves off, reading a chapter from the book each night.

TASA and AASA are pleased to partner in this effort to create a culture of reading in schools and communities throughout Texas. Student engagement is critical to educational success, and the Texas Reads One Book! program fosters that engagement while also involving families and the entire community.

By encouraging students, students’ families, and even faculty and staff to read the same book at the same time, school districts can use the Texas Reads One Book! program to actively engage families in the reading process and create a culture of reading at both the school and district levels.

Participating schools receive everything they need for the program, including a copy of The World According to Humphrey for each student, reading schedules, assembly skits, suggested activities, and trivia questions. Family literacy and parental education components are included as well.

Cost per student is $5.95, and districts and schools can fund the program in a variety of ways. Some use Title I funds or apply for grants. Others seek support from businesses and community organizations. At the school level, PTA groups might provide funding.

To learn more about the Texas Reads One Book! program, contact Bonny Urschel, Read to Them Texas Coordinator, at texasreads@readtothem.org, or visit the Read to Them website at www.readtothem.org.

Schools and districts should sign up by April 1 to participate in the 2015 Texas Reads One Book! program. Download an order form.