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Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner talked to families about education Saturday

Superintendent Dr. Scribner talked to families and children Saturday about how the district and parents can team up and help their children succeed academically.

Creando Una Amistad, which means creating a friendship, is a town hall meeting collaboration between Fort Worth ISD and Univision news anchors to help families in Fort Worth better understand Dr. Scirbner and learn more about what they can do to help their children succeed academically.

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    Dr. Scribner’s most important point was to show that it is very important for parents to read to their children everyday. He said it doesn’t matter what you read to them whether it’s a newspaper, magazine, or words on streets or buildings. All that matters is that you read to them everyday, Scribner said.
    “Our students, many of whom are coming from homes where english is not the primary language, needs to be exposed to as much literature and reading as possible and it doesn’t matter if it is in english, Spanish or Chinese,” Scribner said. “Any opportunity to learn is absolutely necessary.”
    Dr. Scribner talked about the importance of reading no matter the language. However, Scribner spoke to the crowd in Spanish the entire time as it was mainly a Spanish speaking audience.
    Many parents and children attended the meeting. One Fort Worth local parent, David Olivarez, talked about listening to the superintendent. 
    “It was a nice surprise to have a superintendent who comes to the community and can speak bilingually both English and Spanish,” Olivarez said.
    Oliver also said that it’s a fantastic opportunity for people to communicate directly with Dr. Scribner.
    Brianna Rose, an 11-year-old Fort Worth middle schooler, said it was important for her to come and listen to Dr. Scribner talk about education.
    “I’ve learned that trying is the best thing to do and that even if I don’t get accepted that I can try next time,” Rose said about striving for better education.
    Scribner also talked about the major characteristics that Fortune 500 companies look for in employees.
    “They are looking for students who are bilingual, bicultural, resilient and collaborative,” Scribner said. “Our students have those and we have to prepare them academically so that they can participate in the economy and be leaders.”
    Scribner said the main thing that he wanted people to learn from his talk was that parental involvement is essential. He also said students with engaged parents are successful students.
    Pre-K registration will be onsite to help families prepare for the next school year, and several different Fort Worth ISD departments will be present to provide helpful information.
    This was the first of two events where Dr. Scribner will be talking to families and children.
    The next event is this Saturday, April 2nd at the Rose Marine Theater at 1440 North Main. The event will go from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    More information is available through the Fort Worth ISD Parent Information Line, 817-814-2070 or via email at [email protected].

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