The Arlington school district sent kids home last week with 36,453 bundles of books for them to read over the summer.
Forty schools and 16 independent early childhood centers in Arlington participate in the Texas Literacy Initiative. The program was created to improve school readiness and success among economically disadvantaged students from birth through grade 12 in language and literacy development.
The district used part of a $7 million grant from the initiative to pass out books to participating schools.
Students should spend at least 20 minutes a day reading outside the classroom, according to literature sent home to parents.
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Kooken Education Center students were the youngest to receive books.
Assistant Principal Cynthia Waller said the pre-kindergartners take home books for their parents to read to them.
“It puts them on the pathway for success for school, because we know the more children are read to, the better readers they’ll become,” Waller said. — Monica S. Nagy