Sive Kone, 13, is a student at Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan, a middle school in Houston Independent School District. Ryan Middle School is located in Houston’s Third Ward, where 45 % of residents have less than a High School education.
“There are parts of Houston that have problems getting the kids to want to learn to read,” he said. “My favorite place to learn is at school because the books that they give me are interesting."
Sive attends the HYPE Freedom School program each summer at Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church. "I think that the HYPE Freedom School programs helps children learn how to read better and helps to expand their knowledge.”