Garland ISD is committed to encouraging a love of reading through its Literacy for Life initiative. In collaboration with the tri-cities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, we are working to create a community of readers by using a balanced approach in teaching literacy, expanding bilingual programs, increasing dyslexia services and providing easy access to literature. Through our partnership with myON by Renaissance®, GISD is now the only district in North Texas offering community members 24/7 access to a personalized library. As soon as GISD acquired this valuable tool, the initiative became reality.
Before Summer Break, students and community members were given access to myON Reader and myON Books at no cost. The district also issued the myON Summer Reading Challenge, asking students to read at least 15 minutes every day from June 1-Sept. 2. In just the first month, more than 10,000 books were accessed for a total of more than 107,000 minutes read. Students took full advantage of myON’s resources—including books that match varying interests and reading levels and myON News, which delivers age-appropriate news articles daily—in an effort to become the Summer Reading Challenge’s top contenders. Winners will receive a Kindle Fire, pizza party and other great prizes for their diligence. Overall, more than 69,800 books and 802,000 minutes were read by students during the challenge.
To celebrate the successful contest and official launch, a celebratory communitywide event will occur this month. The inaugural Literacy for Life event will feature a book walk, book character parade, poetry café, writing challenges and more. Help us celebrate from 11 a.m- 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Curtis Culwell Center.
To learn how to access myON, visit the Literacy for Life page on the district website.