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Northeast Times | October 17, 2021

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Fort Worth: Mayor Price and NFL Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy introduce new summer reading initiative

Fort Worth: Mayor Price and NFL Hall of Fame Coach Tony Dungy introduce new summer reading initiative

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy will join forces on Tuesday, April 23, to announce a first-of-its-kind program that encourages local fathers and their children to read together this summer as part of the City of Fort Worth’s 100×25 initiative. The program is a partnership with the City of Fort Worth and All Pro Dad, the fatherhood program of national nonprofit Family First.

Family First plans to establish All Pro Dad chapters at 21 Fort Worth community centers, adding to the already existing 73 All Pro Dad chapter in Fort Worth area schools. These chapters will work to offset the “summer slide” in reading that has detrimental impacts to children’s educational progress. The Draft Day event is open to the public and will conclude with a “draft” of fathers who will volunteer to lead the All Pro Dad programs at these community centers.

“Community involvement, year-around, is critical to moving the needle on childhood literacy in Fort Worth,” said Betsy Price, mayor of Fort Worth. “That is why we are thrilled to partner with All Pro Dad, a program that encourages reading as part of its curriculum, that will be available in all of Fort Worth’s community centers starting this summer.”

All Pro Dad chapters provide an opportunity for dads to spend quality time with their children that will strengthen their relationship, as well as benefiting the child’s school and the entire community. This portion of the program is exclusive to these leaders of the school district, but all community members are welcome for the “Draft Day” with Mayor Price.

The purpose of the 100×25 initiative is to get the community engaged with reading with the goal of 100 percent of third-graders reading on grade level by 2025. Currently in Fort Worth, only one in every three third-graders are reading on grade level and studies show that 75 percent of students who struggle with reading in third grade never catch up. All Pro Dad hopes to be a part of this movement to get more students reading on grade level by encouraging fathers to participate in the educational process.