HEB Reads!





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Bedford, TX

Total Budget: $4,252

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: Literacy

Summary: HEB Reads! is a collaboration between the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD (HEB ISD) and the cities of Hurst, Euless and Bedford, Texas. Its mission is to strengthen the community by providing educational opportunities for the youth of the greater HEB community.

This project will help to fund the 2020 HEB Reads! Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff, which will be held at Pennington Field, Bedford, Texas, on May 2, 2020. The Kickoff is a completely free community festival with an attendance of over 4,000. Schools, libraries, community organizations, and local businesses come together to celebrate and promote reading. We have bounce houses, a petting zoo, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning activities, music, giveaways, and most importantly, every attendee leaves with free book of their choice to start off their summer reading Every one of the over 4,000 people who attend the Kickoff benefits from receiving a free book, promoting the importance of reading at the family level, receiving information on educational opportunities in the community, and enjoying a free day of entertainment with the family. Our schools and teachers benefit because summer reading combats "summer slide," and teachers don't have to spend as much time in the fall re-teaching skills lost over the summer. Long-term, the community experiences the intangible benefit of kids and families who see the value of reading and education, and who will eventually become a more educated workforce and more productive members of the community. The population of HEB ISD, which includes portions of the cities of Hurst, Euless, and Bedford, is 51.8 % free and reduced lunch. It is a very diverse population both in its racial and ethnic makeup and its socioeconomic levels. Over 70 different languages are spoken in the homes of HEB ISD students. Many families in our community are not aware of the importance of summer reading and the impact it has on their child's success in school. Many families are not able to purchase books for their children and cannot provide transportation to a public library. The Kickoff provides a free, fun, family-friendly activity at no cost. The Summer Reading Challenge encourages reading through prizes and incentives, including another free book when a certain number of minutes are read. To address transportation issues, a separate component of HEB Reads! consists of pop-up libraries at economically disadvantaged or outlying areas of the community. Project funds will be used for book giveaways ($1252) and tote bags ($3,000). Each attendee receives a bag with information from the schools and public libraries. They also use this bag to collect information and giveaways from festival booths, and they use it to carry their free book after they select it. This bag would be branded with the Rotary International logo and information on one side and HEB Reads! on the other. Rotary Members will fill a variety of roles at the Kickoff. For example, several Members will be stationed at the Kickoff entrance to welcome people to the Kickoff and to distribute tote bags to each attendee. This would be a very high-visibility volunteer opportunity. We have many other volunteer opportunities depending on members' preferences.

Project Contact Person

District: 5790

Rotary Club of: Hurst-Euless-Bedford

Primary Contact: Diane Moore

Email: dianesellsmoore.realestate@yahoo.com

Project Status

This project is "Signed". This means that the signatures from the club leadership have been collected. This project is now being reviewed by the district leadership for approval. Once a decision is made, the status of the project will be changed to "Approved".

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Hurst-Euless-Bedford (5790)









DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Project Supporting Documents

Form 990



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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Dan Steele

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Chris Barker

System Entry: Project signed by Chris Barker.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Diane Moore.


by Dan Steele

System Entry: Project signed by Dan Steele.

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