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Mineral Wells ISD Elementary Students, Parents to Participate in Texas Reads One Book


On April 3, 2017, Mineral Wells ISD students will be among tens of thousands of Texas students and their families kicking off a statewide celebration of literacy called Texas Reads One Book. They will simultaneously watch a videotaped reading of the first chapter of the Lemonade Wars by Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett.
Across the state, more than 50,000 families in more than 100 elementary schools will all read The Lemonade Wars at the same time, making reading the hot topic of conversation in communities statewide for nearly a month.
For the third consecutive year, Garrett will kick off this statewide family literacy initiative. His videotaped reading of the first chapter of The Lemonade Wars will be streamed to participating schools statewide at 9 a.m. on April 3rd. “If you want to become a better football player, you have to practice,” says Garrett in the video. “If you want to become a better reader, you have to practice. It’s fun to read! It’s fun to find out about these characters and many others.”
Texas Reads One Book offers a powerful model for engaging parents in family literacy activities. Through the program, EVERY elementary family in participating schools will receive a copy of the book, meaning that even reluctant readers and parents who don’t normally participate in school activities get involved. Spanish-language copies of The Lemonade Wars are available for Spanish-speaking families.
By stimulating family involvement in the reading process and boosting student engagement with books, the Texas Reads One Book program can contribute to breaking the cycle of illiteracy — and therefore poverty — that exists for many low-income families. Reports from districts in Virginia and New York that have used the “one book” model for several years indicate higher test scores and increased interest in reading among students.
Texas Reads One Book is a project of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), with support from the nonprofit family literacy organization Read to Them and The School Superintendents Association (AASA). For more information contact Texasreads@readtothem.org.

Texas Reads One Book is a project of the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), with support from the nonprofit family literacy organization Read to Them and The School Superintendents Association (AASA). For more information contact Texasreads@readtothem.org.

See http://readtothem.org/programs/texas-reads-one-book-video/ to view a video featuring introductory comments by José Parra and Bonny Urschel, followed by Jason Garrett’s reading of the first chapter of The Lemonade Wars.
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