In September 2018, more than 500 volunteers read the book The Little Red Fort to 3,535 second-graders across the Lubbock, Frenship, Lubbock-Cooper, Shallowater, and New Deal Independent School Districts. Every child went home with a copy of the book and a craft, including 138 books in Spanish.
The purpose of the event was to highlight the importance of students being grade-level readers by third grade. At this juncture, students who have not mastered basic reading skills will begin to fall behind in every area of study as classrooms shift from learning to read to reading to learn. The event also emphasized the importance of parents reading with their children.
United We Read volunteers represented 93 different businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and local governement departments, including the Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock Fire and Rescue.
Our next United We Read event will be on September 26th. To find out more or how you can get involved, contact email@example.com or 806.747.2711.