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Waller ISD, H-E-B, Lone Star College Partner to Promote Literacy

Photo of family in the Read 3 Program

This fall, Waller ISD (WISD) partnered with Fairfield Market H-E-B and Lone Star College - Tomball for another successful year of the H-E-B Read 3 program. Read 3 targets preschool children ages three to five and their families to help build literacy, strengthen English Language Arts and Reading (ELAR) skills, and promote kindergarten readiness. Its focus is to educate families on the importance of reading a minimum of three times per week and the value of healthy nutrition to support learning.

Families registered to attend classes with their preschool aged child(ren) at Roberts Road and Turlington Elementary schools. As part of the program, they attended six sessions that consisted of activities designed to benefit both children and adults. While kids learned various ELAR skills, adults received ideas for how to support their children at home. One session was held at Fairfield Market H-E-B where participants focused specifically on healthy eating habits. H‑E‑B’s goal is to empower families with tools and resources to prepare early learners.

"Read 3 addresses not only literacy but also nutrition, which makes it a great hybrid that has lasting effects on children and parents," H-E-B Area Community Coordinator Patty James said. "Nutrition is really important. With this program we are able to introduce children to new foods and help parents with the skillsets and knowledge to make good food choices that, in the end, save them money."

Lone Star College - Tomball education student teachers lead participants through the Read 3 curriculum and activities. Teaching the program gives college students a learning opportunity of their own.

“The program is a unique and valuable opportunity for my Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) students to gain experience with both children and parents,” Professor of Education Caroline Jamroz said. “I also believe it is important for my students and my AAT program to volunteer in the community as part of a service learning environment.”

Jamroz believes Read 3 is beneficial for families because early literacy skills and preschool setting is critical for the development of kids.

Courtesy of H-E-B, participants take two brand new books home after each session. By the end of the program, they acquire 12 brand new books. A graduation ceremony is held at the conclusion of the six-week program where each participant receives a certificate, t-shirt, backpack, school supplies, and H-E-B gift card.

WISD thanks Fairfield Market H-E-B and Lone Star College - Tomball for their partnership and support of its schools and community.