Frisco ISD has more low socioeconomic status (SES)students than 80 percent of the districts in Texas have in their total student population.
Research shows 80 percent of the achievement gap between middle-income and lower-income children accrues during the summer.
To bridge this gap, the District Federal Programs team has launched the Every Student, One Book at a Time campaign to provide summer books to approximately 3,500 economically disadvantaged Frisco ISD Early Childhood School and elementary school students.
The community is being asked to donate new books for the campaign through this Amazon link or at the Frisco ISD Administration Building, 5515 Ohio Drive. A full list of new books being accepted for donation can be found here.
Since reading is the only activity consistently linked with summer learning, all children should have access to books over the summer.
Katie Kordel, Chief Academic Officer, emphasizes the importance of the Every Student, One Book at a Time campaign stating, “Every child deserves an opportunity to own books, learn how to read and obtain the fundamental building blocks to achieve their highest potential. All Frisco ISD students deserve access to resources over the summer that enable them to engage in learning.”
The goal is for economically disadvantaged students to have the opportunity to take home a minimum of one book prior to the last day of school that they can engage with over summer break.
Books at home are of significant importance to a child’s education. According to a research study out of the University of Nevada that spanned 20 years, books in the home are as significant as the level of education of parents in a child’s education.
“Reading positively influences a child's education. In many situations, students do not have access to books for reading during the summer like they do during the school year,” said Manuel Gonzales, Frisco ISD assistant director of federal programs. “Therefore, we would like to provide this opportunity for students so they can continue to grow as readers throughout the summer.”
Over the summer, the Federal Programs team is also offering a reading club for economically disadvantaged students at apartment complexes within the District. Through continued partnerships in the community, all students will have reading opportunities over the summer to avoid the summer slide.