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More than 200 Participate in 14th Annual Promise to Read Program

Community members from Katy and the surrounding area recently stopped what they were doing to read students in more than 356 classes as part of Katy ISD’s 14th annual Promise to Read program.  Through Promise to Read, volunteers promise to spend 30 minutes reading to an elementary classroom during one week in November.

This year, ten Katy ISD elementary campuses hosted the event with Partners in Education: Holland, Fielder, Hayes, Katy, Memorial Parkway, Alexander, Sundown, Schmalz, Wolfe and West Memorial Elementaries.  Host campuses rotate each year so that, over a three year period, every Katy ISD elementary has an opportunity to participate.

“Promise to Read has become a volunteer event that many in in our community really look forward to.  Most of our visiting readers return year after year,” says Sandi Meier, Katy ISD Promise to Read and Classroom Champions Coordinator.  “Having a guest reader in the classroom is a fun treat for students, but it also promotes the life-long joy of reading.”

Readers represented a cross section of local companies and organizations including: Absolutely! Magazine, Amegy Bank, American Kids Athletics, AXA Financial Advisors, Boy Scouts of America, Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, CenterPoint Energy, Century 21 Western Realty, Champions Real Estate Group, Chick-fil-A of Katy, City of Katy, CiCi’s Pizza, Cinco Ranch Conservatory of Music, ConocoPhillips,  Double Dave’s Pizzaworks, Exxon Mobil,  Firethorne, Grand Vision Center, Harris County Sheriff’s Department, Herff Jones Graduation Center , Houston Aeros, Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, Kelliwood Animal Hospital, Members Choice Credit Union, McDonald’s, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Pediatric Dentists of Katy, Prudential Gary Greene Realtors, Rainforest Café, Tradition Bank and Wood Group.

Promise to Read is one of several community involvement programs offered by Katy ISD Partners in Education, the department that brings the community into the classroom.  Find more information about Partners in Education at www.katyisd.org/community.

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Houston Aeros player Chay Genoway reads to students at Bonnie Holland Elementary.

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