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United Way Reading Oases Promote Reading in Tarrant County Schools

Volunteers are working to put each Reading Oasis together this week



    United Way Reading Oases Promote Reading in Tarrant County Schools
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    Several schools in Fort Worth will be having a new place for students and their parents to read this week.

    The United Way of Tarrant County and more than 40 volunteers have made it possible for six schools to have a new reading oasis for students and their parents.

    Volunteers started Monday putting the reading oases together.

    "So the reading oasis is just that, and oasis," said United Way spokesperson Felicia Cortez. "We have bean bags, colorful bean bags. We have book cases. We have tons and tons of books that will be available to these students."

    Volunteers Put Together Reading Oases

    [DFW] Volunteers Put Together Reading Oases
    Volunteers are working hard to assemble a reading oasis at six Tarrant County schools over the next four days before school starts. It's a special gift from donations to the United Way.
    (Published Monday, Aug. 11, 2014)

    Each oasis will have 1,000 books. It takes volunteers about two hours to put them together in different parts of the school.

    Harlean Beal Elementary School in Fort Worth was on of the six school selected for a new reading oasis.

    "I know there were a lot of schools that could have received this," said Harlean Beal Elementary School principal Alfreida Colvin. "We work hard, and we are trying our best to give every child, every opportunity they have to be proficient readers."

    The other schools selected for these new reading oases include Bellaire Elementary in Hurst, Morningside Elementary in Fort Worth, Como Elementary in Fort Worth, Daggett Middle School in Fort Worth, and Lowery Road Elementary School in Fort Worth.

    "United Way of Tarrant County really wants to install these, so children have a place to read, not only children, but this is a place children can bring their parents, volunteers can come in and really install the love of reading with our children," said Cortez.

    "I know having this as part of my opportunity for my parents, and for the children, to share in this reading it's going to make a love of reading more profound," said Colvin.

    United Way officials say Tarrant County schools are the very first in the country to have these type of reading areas inside their schools.