Sprint Waste Supports Summer Reading Program

School’s out for the summer, but thanks to ACHIEVE Fort Bend County, learning won’t take a big step backward for at-risk first-graders in our county.

Now in its third summer, ACHIEVE’s Summer Reading Program presents kids with their own personalized set of books at the beginning of each summer, allowing children with reading deficiencies who otherwise might not be able to keep reading during the summer break. Thanks to the contributions from Sprint Waste Services and other underwriters, each child in this summer’s program will receive 10 books along with some extra encouragement to keep up much-needed reading skills.

The children’s names are written in each book because the books are theirs to keep and share, a first-time experience for many of the children. Last summer Fort Bend County constables delivered the book packets, adding to the excitement and ceremony for the kids.

James Patterson, ACHIEVE Fort Bend board president, thanked Sprint Waste for continuing to make a positive difference in the community. “Because of your generous support, the 2017 ACHIEVE Summer Reading Program helped an incredible 80% of first-graders who received a ‘backpack of books’ maintain or increase their reading levels over the summer,” he said. “Maintaining reading skills is significant because we know children who do not read over the summer lose ground. So, increasing reading levels is a huge success!”

Sprint Waste Services Partner Will Swinbank said the company is thrilled to support such a successful program for our county’s youngest citizens. “We love to promote education and learning at every level, and these books help kids stay on track—and achieve—at a critical age,” he said. “We hope more area businesses will put their support behind ACHIEVE to continue and expand these important grassroots programs.”

ACHIEVE Fort Bend County is a coalition of business, education and community leaders that work together to reduce dropout rates and provide opportunity for citizens in Fort Bend County without high school diplomas. Besides the summer reading program, other services include scholarships and free tutorials and homework help.

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