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Read Fort Worth September 2019 Newsletter

This month's newsletter includes a call for Reading Volunteers and a spotlight on North Texas Giving Day, as well as updates from our Collaborative Action Networks, Fort Worth ISD, Fort Worth Public Library, Early Learning Alliance and more.
Reading Volunteers: Sign Up Now

Read Fort Worth, along with our community partners, is recruiting Reading Volunteers for the 2019-2020 school year. Young students across Fort Worth ISD are counting on you. Can you spare an hour per week to make a lifelong impact in the life of a child? Sign up to be a Reading Volunteer! Learn More

North Texas Giving Day

The 2019 Panther City Dodgeball Tournament raised $10,500 for Read Fort Worth on North Texas Giving Day (NTGD). The eighth annual event, organized by the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth’s Young Leaders Steering Committee, has traditionally raised money to support education in Tarrant County. Overall, Read Fort Worth had $11,811 donated on NTGD. The funds were matched by an anonymous donor, bringing the total donation to $23,622. Read More

Expanded Learning: Igniting A Spark at Camp Fire

Igniting the desire within each child has been the Camp Fire First Texas way for more than a century. Camp Fire Day Camps did so this summer with reading as the backdrop.

“It is our goal that youth have an opportunity to find their spark, or inner passions, and discover ways and have opportunities to develop them,” said Christy Jones, Camp Fire Vice President of Marketing & Communications. “What better way to explore, learn and grow a passion than reading about it, applying what is learned in tangible, hands-on project-based learning. Read More

ELA Corner: Help Me Grow North Texas

A variety of services, programs and resources exist in Tarrant County to support families and children. Navigating those resources is not always easy or clear for families. That’s where Help Me Grow North Texas comes in. 

“We’ve enhanced our partnership to form Help Me Grow North Texas because we all believe that making families stronger and healthier makes our community stronger and healthier,” said Faith Rivera, Pritzker fellow at Tarrant County Public Health. “The partnership will help families celebrate their child’s milestones in development and link them to services that can help address any needs or concerns.” Read More

Fort Worth ISD: Let's Talk Community Forums

Parents and students are invited to attend upcoming forums on proposed school boundary changes. The boundary changes will impact all traditional high school feeder patterns and address overcrowding, demographic shifts, and equity for all students.

Between now and November 19, Superintendent Kent P. Scribner will host community forums at every comprehensive high school in the Fort Worth ISD.  The topics: school feeder patterns and overcrowding, demographic shifts, and equity for all students. Learn More

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce: State of Public Education

Almost 300 business, education and community leaders attended the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 16th annual State of Public Education luncheon. Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner and Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos were part of a panel discussing how the two districts are shaping the futures of more than 140,000 students through college and career readiness initiatives. Watch a Video Recap

Fort Worth Public Library: Early Literacy Begins with You

The Fort Worth Public Library has introduced new story times based on the Every Child Ready to Read philosophy that identifies six skills that help children learn to read and five practices that enhance those skills. Bilingual story times (Spanish and English) are available at some library locations. For story time descriptions, locations and time, Read More.

Unity in the Community: Family and Youth Summit

Registration is underway for the Unity in the Community Family and Youth Summit.

WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2019 / 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dunbar High School, 5700 Ramey Ave., 76112

This year, UITC will host its first Family Summit. The purpose of the event is to continue to engage and inform families in the community on variety of helpful resources and initiatives in a unified setting. A community resource fair will also provide one-on-one access with various vendors. Learn More


Leadership Transition


You may have received an email this month regarding a Leadership Transition at Read Fort Worth. Anel Mercado has left her position as Executive Director of Read Fort Worth due to personal and professional reasons. We extend our appreciation to Anel for her dedication over the last year.

To this end, the Executive Council has asked Elizabeth Brands, Head of Education Giving at The Morris Foundation, to lead Read Fort Worth as Executive Director, effective immediately. Elizabeth brings to this role a wealth of education experience including occupying key roles in collective impact efforts, as well as serving as a classroom teacher, school administrator and previously as Executive Director of Reading Partners.

We are confident in the unique skillset and expertise Elizabeth brings to this role – and we are further emboldened by the collaborative relationships and cross-sector solutions that have been built by each of you, our Read Fort Worth partners, over the last three years. We have the opportunity to amplify our impact this year through renewed focus, intentional collaboration, and shared accountability. Thank you for your continued partnership. We could not do this work without you.



Read Fort Worth is the privately-funded, locally-controlled backbone organization formed to coordinate cross-sector, collective impact efforts to ensure that 100 percent of third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025. Read Fort Worth exists to provide unique, actionable data; to organize and align partners under the shared 100x25 goal; to develop strategies for significant improvement, and to communicate best practices and drive results. For more information, visit

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