New Program Puts Libraries On School Buses
Imagine this: Your child boards the school bus to find a built-in mini-library offering books to read during the ride to school.
That’s just what’s happening to elementary school children at four Houston-area schools that are participating in a new pilot program called the Riding Readers Club. The Houston Independent School District on Thursday kicked off the program, which is meant to encourage reading and improve students’ scores on reading exams.
“This program will be instrumental in increasing reading achievement in students who have to travel to and from school on longer bus routes,” said HISD Central Region Superintendent Adriana Tamez in a statement.
Participating elementary schools in the pilot program include Oak Forest, Whidby, Dodson and Sinclair. Students will be rewarded for reading a specific number of books and the district plans to hold a ceremony in January and May for students and their parents to recognize student achievement in reading.