Blue Zones Project, an organization that supports better and longer lives in Fort Worth, is partnering with local schools and Scholastic book fairs to make books more accessible to hundreds of area students.
Students from CC Moss and the Leadership Academy of Como Primary Schools were the first to participate in the pilot program.
The second, third and fourth years are key years for developing reading skills. The children in these classes therefore each have two free books.
Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 5 students all received a book.
“It was the event of the year at CC Moss,” Carrie Hogg, school librarian, said in a press release. “Each student left with big smiles and wonderful books! It has been a very unpredictable and difficult year. Many families are in difficulty. Blue Zones Project made my librarian heart very happy!
“There is no way to describe the impact and generosity of Project Blue Zones and Texas Health on our students,” said Keyan Brady, teaching specialist at the Leadership Academy at Como Elementary School. . “The children’s eyes lit up as they flipped through the hundreds of books to choose from, and they were so proud to come away with their own book. It was the best day ever – their words, not mine.
In total, over 700 students now have new books at home to help them maintain their skills during the summer.
Because the pandemic has affected the learning of virtually every child, the Blue Zones Project is placing even greater emphasis on its work with education partners.
“We know that long-term well-being depends on many factors, but literacy and learning are essential for everyone,” said Matt Dufrene, vice president of the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth in a statement. “As a sophisticated reader, you can better understand how to improve your health and communicate more easily with doctors and other wellness experts. In addition, you are more likely to have a better quality of life overall. We are proud to work with Fort Worth ISD and Scholastic Book Fairs to put more books in the hands of children.
Blue Zones Project will continue its efforts with CC Moss Elementary and the Leadership Academy at Como Elementary, to see how students benefit from literacy programs. And book fairs could expand to other schools in the future.