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San Angelo ISD partners with HEB for San Angelo READS! in Celebration of International Women’s Day

San Angelo ISD celebrated International Women’s Day with a special San Angelo READS! event in partnership with H-E-B on Monday, March 8, 2021. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. 

Thanks to H-E-B, all SAISD 1st grade students received their very own copy of the book “The Nuff” by Veronica Waldrop on Monday along with a message of the importance of reading and empowering young women. Waldrop hoped to empower girls everywhere to be the bold and confident women they were created to be. In the book, a unicorn with a broken horn discovers the truth about herself and what it means to be enough through a series of adventures. 

“It is wonderful to see our community partners embracing the love of reading and encouraging literacy with our San Angelo ISD students. We appreciate partners like H-E-B,” said SAISD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Jana Rueter. “This is a great way to celebrate International Women's Day, and we know that we have so many women leaders who are excited to share how reading has helped them accomplish their goals in life. It is wonderful to work with our community partners to empower our students by putting books in their hands to take home.  This will help our students  share the love of reading at home with their families. We look forward to building strong partnerships and continuing to grow strong readers through San Angelo Reads!”

SAISD shared a live read aloud of “The Nuff” read by H-E-B Store Leader Tasha Gallegos on Monday afternoon on the District’s Facebook page, which is now also available on the San Angelo Reads! online library of book read aloud videos. The live read aloud featured a colorful, magical backdrop by San Angelo balloon design and decorating company Vivid Pop. HEB’s H-E-Buddy and his friend Layla the Unicorn participated in the fun by greeting elementary students at Bonham Elementary while reminding them to keep reading, H-E-Buddy’s favorite activity. 

“Since 1905 H-E-B has been deeply committed to the education of our youth in Texas. It is important that we continue to invest in and celebrate our educators across the state for all that they do each and every day,” said H-E-B Store Leader Nick George. “We are proud supporters of San Angelo Reads! as we recognize the importance of early childhood literacy as the gateway to a strong and fulfilling educational journey! We encourage families to read to their children at least 3 times a week, and we are excited to donate a copy of the Nuff to each and every first grader across all of SAISD to read in their homes.”

The San Angelo Reads! community-wide literacy initiative was founded by the District to promote and encourage reading and the SAISD future-ready learner profile attributes among SAISD students and the greater San Angelo community. The goal of the literacy initiative is to increase awareness of the importance of literacy and to inspire a love for reading. This exciting initiative is driven by statistics which show how vitally important literacy is to providing all students with the opportunities to succeed at a young age. Children and teenagers who read for pleasure on a daily or weekly basis score better on reading and writing tests than infrequent or non-readers.

SAISD kicked off San Angelo Reads! this school year on December 9, 2020 with the first annual San Angelo Reads! Day, a day when literacy was celebrated at every SAISD elementary campus with literacy fun like read-ins, unveiling book vending machines and a gift of a book to all SAISD 3rd graders compliments of the San Angelo Area Foundation. SAISD is focused on building literacy skills that create students who are prepared for future successes, inside and outside the classroom and beyond their time in our hallways.

The District is proud to partner with H-E-B on San Angelo Reads! and applauds H-E-B’s own literacy program Read3 launched by the grocery company in 2011 that focuses on educating parents and caregivers about the need to read to their children a minimum of three times per week. 

San Angelo ISD is committed to building literacy skills which create students who are prepared for future successes, and thus, building a better tomorrow for our students and community! The San Angelo community is invited to help promote literacy by reading at home with children, donating a book to a child in need, or supporting literacy programs in our community. 

Follow the San Angelo ISD Facebook, Twitter, and website, www.saisd.org/read, to stay up-to-date on San Angelo Reads! and to find resources to help inspire a love of reading. Community members are encouraged to share how they celebrate literacy and participate in San Angelo Reads! through the hashtag, #SAISDReads.