More than 180 Educational First Steps children and their families attended the fifth annual “Wild About Reading” event at the Museum of Science and History in Fort Worth. Atmos Energy, United Way of Tarrant County, and the museum joined Educational First Steps as the lead sponsors for this collaborative effort. Representing fifteen Tarrant County agencies that serve at-risk children, including Lena Pope Home and Fort Worth and Arlington ISD, more than 1,100 children and their families attended.
Sometimes visiting the museum can be cost prohibitive for the entire family, so this free event may have been their first time to enjoy the interactive exhibits and historic artifacts. But since the main goal of the event is to promote the love of reading, several special guests on hand to show the children how much fun reading can be. Our readers included NBC 5 News Anchor Deborah Ferguson, TCU professor, Dr. Bill Wempe, TCU Olympic Track and Field hopefuls Ronnie Baker and Briana McGee and Hurst Euless Bedford ISD Instructional Specialist Kim Neill.
More than 5,000 donated children’s books were distributed during the four-hour “Wild about Reading” event so that the children could start or add to their home library. The children received a sack lunch and parents received tips on the most effective ways to read to their children at home and the opportunity to sign up for library cards.
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