Inspired by Curtis Culwell Center Operations Specialist Rodney Mills, who overcame a personal struggle with reading thanks to two district teachers, GISD launched a literacy-driven initiative in 2015. Reading with Rodney aims to help district students discover Mills’ same passion for learning with a mobile library that visits neighborhoods, apartment complexes and community centers across the district.
"Studies show that access to books during the summer prevents a drastic loss in reading skill—especially for kids in need," said Assistant Superintendent of Student Services & Community Relations Wendy Eldredge. "We want to increase reading capacity. Rodney is an inspiration to us all."
Students, as well as family and community members, can check out books by visiting the Reading with Rodney bus during scheduled stops. This mobile library also boasts Wi-Fi access. And, the district is partnering with its tri-cities to offer the ability to sign up for library cards onboard.
For more information and to see Mills’ story, visit the Reading with Rodney webpage.
"We would like to thank all those who made this initiative possible. Nearly 3,000 books have been donated to date," commented Eldredge.
New or gently used books continue to be collected at all GISD schools and the Harris Hill Administration Building. Just look for the blue Reading with Rodney container.