In a special presentation at Tuesday’s Fort Worth City Council meeting, Dr. Gleniece Robinson, the city’s Director of Education Strategies, announced the name of the city’s education initiative.
Out of 226 nominations submitted by residents of the city, the name chosen was “FWTX 100×25 Ready to Read, Ready to Lead.”
“Any Fort Worth resident could submit a name,” Robinson said. “When citizens see it they will realize this is an aligned effort across our community.”
Among the other popular entries were “Read, Learn, Know, Grow,” “Ready, Set, Read,” and “Paint the Town Read.”
Robinson called the latter, “My favorite, but it didn’t win.”
The 25 is indicative of the goal to have all third-graders in the city reading at grade level by 2025. Mayor Betsy Price noted that students who were born when the initiative started two and a half years ago will be in the third grade in 2025.
“Third-grade literacy can determine success for years to come,” Robinson said.
“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 in a news releae. “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 summer programs focused on helping children increase their reading skills by providing intentional and measurable reading instruction.
“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.”