Read Houston Read


The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is proud to be a strategic partner of HISD’s Read Houston Read program by providing funding, assisting with volunteer mobilization and management through, serving as volunteers and offering other supports.

Read Houston Read is a program through which volunteers serve as mentors and read to struggling first-grade students once each week for 30 minutes. Nearly 600 volunteers committed their time to serve as Read Houston Read mentors in person, using Focused Literacy Improvement Program (FLIP) kits designed by the Children’s Museum of Houston or virtually using an online platform called Tutormate, designed by Innovations for Learning.

“We are calling upon the community to come into our schools and help change the lives of children by helping them learn how to read,” said Dr. Terry Grier, former HISD superintendent. “There are so many children in our community who need an adult mentor and someone to spend time reading with them one-on-one. Read Houston Read provides them with these opportunities.”

Will you give just 30 minutes each week to read with a child?