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100X25FWTX is the name selected for City of Fort Worth’s reading initiative

Posted March 6, 2019

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Glenice Robinson addressing City Council
Gleniece Robinson, director of educational strategies for the City of Fort Worth, presents the name for the collaborative program known as 100x25.

The City of Fort Worth, in collaboration with Read Fort Worth, has announced that the city’s programming to further the mission of improving third-grade literacy will be known as “100x25.”

The name was announced at the March 5 City Council meeting and refers to a citywide effort that mobilizes educators, funders, government, businesses, parents and community organizations to support the goal that 100 percent of Fort Worth ISD third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.

“Read Fort Worth is proud to work alongside our partners at the city and Fort Worth ISD on 100X25FWTX,” Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado said. “Aligning our joint efforts as we continue on the journey to 100X25 is vital for the future of our children and Fort Worth.”

The City of Fort Worth’s 100X25 programming falls within Read Fort Worth’s Expanded Learning Collaborative Action Network, which includes many great summer programs focused on helping children increase their reading skills by providing intentional and measurable reading instruction.

The ability to read on level by third grade is critical to lifelong learning. Third grade is the time when schooling transitions from learning to read, to reading to learn. Children not reading on level in third grade are four times more likely to not graduate high school, with starker disparities for minority students not reading on grade level.

“We are excited that our collective impact efforts continue to gain support from all members of our community, including City of Fort Worth employees,” said Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent P. Scribner. “We are pleased that the City of Fort Worth and Fort Worth ISD are joining forces in support of 100X25FWTX.”

Read Fort Worth and Fort Worth ISD are honored to collaborate with the city on 100X25FWTX. The motto for this collective movement is “Ready to Read, Ready to Lead,” or in Spanish, “Listos para leer, Listos para avanzar.”

“I’m thrilled the city is aligning its education efforts with FWISD and Read Fort Worth,” Mayor Betsy Price said. “The 100x25 initiative is critical to the success of our future leaders and ensuring they are reading on grade level. Education is vital to Fort Worth’s future, and we must see that every child has access to quality education — regardless of ZIP code.”

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