As part of the HEB READ3 Summer Reading Program, La Joya ISD families got the opportunity to expand their reading horizons. Because of this initiative, district students and parents took a pledge to read together three times a week while also learning about healthy meal preps and nutrition.

Tabasco elementary was the host site for district-wide students ages PK-3 to Kinder. Here, students attended sessions and were provided with free books for the children, and nutrition classes for the parents.

“Parental involvement is key when talking about ways to encourage reading, and with the help of HEBs READ3 program, the whole family can get on board,” said 4th grade teacher, Esmeralda Dianas.

Everyday for an entire week, participants were divided into groups of children and groups of adults. The children took part in literacy lessons and activities while the parents attended HEB food demonstrations and received recipes to take home. At the end of the week, everyone was gifted a backpack, school supplies, books, and gift cards – all provided by HEB.

“The children get motivated, the parents get motivated, and through this interaction, the child develops important reading skills which are needed to succeed in school,” added 1st grade teacher, Dalila Hernandez.

Thank you to HEB for being an educational partner in our schools and community and for allowing La Joya ISD to be apart of such a wonderful project.