SAN ANGELO, Texas — San Angelo Independent School District is set to start new program called San Angelo READS! Summer Book Patrol, to inspire a love of reading all summer long with book giveaways and events around town.
The Summer Book Patrol will kick off Wednesday with deliveries of books to children in the community. To nominate a child in your community to receive free books, go to the SAISD's nomination form.
“At San Angelo ISD, we encourage our students and families to keep reading over the summer break — whether you’re at home with time to spare, on the road for a family vacation or poolside,” SAISD Executive Director of Communications Whitney Wood said in a press release. “We know that reading is vitally important to help our children reach their full potential, and we want to help our community continue that this summer which is why we are working to generate some extra fun around literacy. We also love to see the great reading programs driven by community partners like the Tom Green County Library System and San Angelo Symphony available to our students and families.”
SAISD is also working to create pop-up events within the community with live "read alouds", book giveaways and more. The district will also be sharing videos in partnership with Scholastic Education and read by special guests throughout the summer for students to tune into or watch on their own time during the summer break.
The San Angelo READS! community-wide literacy initiative was founded by the district in 2020 to promote and encourage reading and the SAISD future-ready learner profile attributes among SAISD students and the greater San Angelo community.
The goal of the literacy initiative is to increase awareness of the importance of literacy and to inspire a love for reading.
According to the press release, the initiative is driven by statistics which show how vitally important literacy is to providing all students with the opportunities to succeed at a young age. Children and teenagers who read for pleasure on a daily or weekly basis score better on reading and writing tests than infrequent or non-readers.
SAISD kicked off San Angelo READS! on Dec. 9, 2020, with the first annual San Angelo READS! Day.
Follow the San Angelo ISD Facebook, Twitter, and website, saisd.org/read, to stay up-to-date on San Angelo READS! and the Summer Book Patrol. Community members are encouraged to share how they celebrate reading all summer long through the hashtag, #SAISDReads.