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‘We Read Together’ program expands

March 14, 2023

The choice for Richardson Independent School District students was a tough one. 

A colorful vending machine showcased their options: Books about animals, families, zombies — and more than one novel centered on normal kids with secret superpowers.

As part of the Richardson ISD Foundation’s “We Read Together” program, students each got to pick a book of their own to take home.

“Every kid’s eyes lit up,” said Horace Mann Vice President Thomas Kammerer, who helped students make their decisions. 

The program at the Dallas-area district aims to address early literacy learning gaps before children reach third grade. It provides students with books, literacy games and one-on-one mentors. A recent contribution from the Horace Mann Educators Foundation will fund these resources for 300 more students in 12 elementary schools.

“Literacy is the gate to all things,” said Carrie Saunders, Richardson ISD director of community engagement. “Every single content area, you use the skill of reading. So it’s vital that we come in and make the impact early, so they can be successful for years to come.”

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