More Than 200 Volunteers Join HISD’s Real Men Read
Hundreds of Houston men have stepped up to the plate and answered the HoustonIndependent School District’s call to join Houston Real Men Read, a mentoring initiative for elementary- and middle-school students chaired by Texas Senator Rodney Ellis and spearheaded by HISD Board of Education Trustee Paula Harris.
Since the January 26 kick-off event at the central Houston Public Library, 202 men have applied to be part of the program, and 130 have already been cleared with background checks.
Today the 130 men will read to second-, fifth-, and seventh-grade students at all the elementary and middle schools in Harris’s district.
Volunteers are asked to commit to reading and discussing a book with a classroom of second-, fifth-, or seventh-grade students for one hour per month in February, March, and May of this year. The district is partnering with Scholastic Books and other corporate sponsors to underwrite the program, which will ensure that each student receives a copy of the monthly book to start a home library.
“The response to Houston Real Men Read has been tremendous,” said Harris. “It is so exciting to see our community heed President Obama’s call for volunteerism and community service. Houston Real Men Read is a wonderful and much needed program that can positively influence students and the educational system. HISD is appreciative of the time and commitment these men are making to ensure our children understand the importance of reading. We look forward to growing the program district-wide.”