One Simple Way To Give $20,000 to WFISD Second-Graders

If there were an easy way to make sure Wichita Falls ISD second-graders received a windfall of $20,000, would you help?

Now you can – by responding to a simple challenge from a non-profit organization called Champions for Kids.

In July, Champions for Kids selected the Wichita Falls ISD Read2Learn program as one of the nation’s top seven service projects for children.

But online voters will choose the best one.

All you need to do is cast an online vote daily for WFISD’s Read2Learn program through Sept. 21.

Your daily votes will give the WFISD program – the one that’s been so successful in helping second-graders read -- a great chance to win a $20,000 grand prize from Champions for Kids.

To read the full story, click here. 


Read 2 Learn 

Our Purpose
Our purpose is simple and direct, yet challenging. WFISD's purpose for this reading initiative is to ensure that all children are reading at grade level by the end of the third grade. By the time they walk into their fourth grade classroom, they will be reading to learn rather than learning to read. 
Wichita Falls ISD is a district meeting the educational needs of approximately 14,500 students with diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. 




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Who is Part of the Reading Initiative? 
We are made up of an army of volunteer readers (like you) who are committed to helping our students achieve maximum academic achievement through the building of strong reading skills. These volunteers agree to and read to an assigned student from 1-3 times a week for approximately 30 minutes each session.
Why Reading?
  •  Twenty-five to forty percent of American children are imperiled because they do not read well enough.
  • One third of American students enter kindergarten not school ready and lack skills needed for a successful learning experience. 
  • Forty-four percent of fourth grade American students cannot read fluently, even when they read grade level stories aloud under supportive testing conditions.
  • A student who cannot read on grade level by the third grade is four times less likely to graduate on time with his/her peers. When poverty is added to the equation, a student is thirteen times less likely to graduate on time.
  • For WFISD, approximately 23% of last year's 1st graders started 2nd grade below grade level. 
Steps to Becoming a Reading Volunteer
  • Submit online volunteer application and information for background check by clicking here.
  • Attend the Reading initiative volunteer orientation
  • Sign and turn in the volunteer agreement form to a GFRI staff member
  • Receive a student assignment(student and campus) and agreed upon reading day(s) for that student from the GFRI staff.
  • Show up at the designated campus and change a student's world forever!
Partners In Education
January Jones
PIE District Coordinator