The scorching Texas summer months are a prime time to seek out enrichment activities that can introduce youth to new interests or build on existing talents and skills. Non-profit organizations, such as NYA and the El Progreso Memorial Library, are examples of groups offering low-cost or free learning opportunities.
Uvalde, Texas Finds Success in RISE, READ, and WRITE
The Uvalde Library Rise, Read, and Write Summer Literacy Program focuses on providing learning opportunities for female middle school students. The young girls interact with high-quality texts and artifacts that promote analysis, critical thinking, and comprehension. Over July, students participated in daily reading and writing activities including poetry, fantasy, and works of art. The project targets critical thinking, construction of thought, communication, creativity, composition, comprehension, and reading appreciation. Mentors and student participants keep writers’ notebooks for self-reflection.
Ms. Tammie Sinclair, the Director of Library Archives at El Progreso Memorial Library, initiated the project. The Uvalde School District previously honored Ms. Sinclair as Teacher of the Year. Pre-service Teachers at Sul Ross University trained as writing mentors assist Ms Sinclair. The Bank of America provided major funding for the program with additional support from Drs. Harriett and Ricardo Romo.

“Bank of America is driven to help people reach their goals. The Rise Read Write program shares in this goal by empowering young women to think creatively, explore various literature and writing styles, and amplify student voices“ said Ventura Perez, President, Bank of America San Antonio. “Through this investment, Bank of America strives to be a part of this transformative experience that will set up students for academic success and boost self-confidence.”