In the past few weeks, I have been to more DISD schools than I have in my five years in Dallas. To distribute books for The Big Read Dallas, I’ve gone from Booker T. to Secondary DAEP (which, I honestly had never heard of before); from Thomas Jefferson to Spruce (though it’s a drive, the school has some of the best staff around); and from Irma Rangel to Townview (this school has one of the best views of downtown Dallas that I’ve ever seen). It’s been amazing to have the opportunity to interact with not only principals, teachers, and librarians, but also the students at these schools. As one co-worker asked me today, “Can we give away books to kids once a week every week?”
If you haven’t been to any of these schools or interacted with their students, now is your chance. DISD is giving tours of various feeder programs. Go here to see the dates/times/schools of the tours and to sign up. The people who are heading up this program have helped us a great deal with The Big Read. They’re passionate about the district and making it better for its students. You’ll have a good time.