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The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have teamed up with the Region 4 Education Service Center to kick off a new volunteer-led reading program called Reading Roundup. Through an initial $100,000 grant from HLSR, the Reading Roundup program will provide volunteer reading mentors to elementary classrooms across Houston, Katy and Spring Branch ISD. The program is for first-, second- and third-grade classes and aims to engage children in the stories, promote critical thinking skills, build vocabulary and inspire them to read on their own at home. Pictured is Lisa Jakel, a member of Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Ladies for Literacy Guild, volunteering for Reading Roundup at Memorial Elementary School. Reading mentors commit to reading to the same classroom for one school year, two to three times each month with the provided books and lesson plans. See bushhoustonliteracy.org/readingroundup.
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