First-ever Literacy for Life event a success

The tri-cities recently celebrated Garland ISD’s commitment to inspire and transform lives through the power of reading. More than 2,400 attendees enjoyed free food, prizes, 76 activity booths, author visits, a book walk, a poetry café and much more at the district’s first-ever Literacy for Life event Sept. 21. 

“The event’s success is credited to the countless hours of preparation and the more than 150 volunteers,” said Library Media Services Coordinator Jeanine Boyett. “This tremendous event was documented using #GISDReads on Twitter.”

Garland ISD kicked off the Literacy for Life initiative with the launch of myON, a digital platform that gives all community members free access to thousands of books in English and Spanish. During the summer, students were challenged to rack up reading points from June-September for a chance to win a prize. The top readers and campuses were revealed and rewarded at the exciting event.

Not only did attendees walk away with free books, tools and prizes. They also learned that reading is an essential and important skill we can continue to hone year after year. 

“Stakeholders understand that literacy is not just for school—it’s for life,” said Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction Cris Valdez. “Garland ISD expects a continuation and expansion of schools, parents and the community coming together to promote the importance of literacy development in the tri-city area.”

“We have already started planning for next year,” Boyett added. “And it will be even bigger and better.” 

A list of winners honored at the event is below. For more information on Literacy for Life, visit the initiative's page on the district website.

Campus myON Summer Reading Challenge winners

  • Walnut Glen Academy for Excellence
  • Classical Center at Brandenburg Middle School
  • Naaman Forest High School

Individual myON Summer Reading Challenge winners (qualified for categories based on last year’s grade)

Pre-K through 1st grade 

                First place: Temijopelo Ogunmakinwa, current first-grader at Walnut Glen Academy

                Second place: Helen Nguyen, current second-grader at Abbett Elementary School

                Third place: Matthew Guzman, current first-grader at Rowlett Elementary School

Grades 2-5 

                First place: Kaylie Trang, current sixth-grader at Brandenburg

                Second place: Aiden Styles, current fifth-grader at Walnut Glen

                Third place: Lucas Le, current fifth-grader at Walnut Glen

Grades 6-8 

                First place: Ryan Walling, current eighth-grader at Schrade Middle School

                Second place: Alex Walling, current eighth-grader at Schrade Middle School

                Third place: Mya Guzman, current seventh-grader at Schrade Middle School

Grades 9-12 

                First place: Vashati Silvaz, current senior at Lakeview Centennial High School

                Second place: Trinity Crider, current junior at Lakeview Centennial High School

                Third place: Ari Santiago Cardenas, current junior at Garland High School

Campus Literacy for Life attendance winner: Spring Creek Elementary School

Best booth winner: Handley Elementary School