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Amy Anderson Literacy Legacy


Learning to Love Reading for Future Success!

  • Only 60% of economically disadvantaged students scored “Satisfactory or Above” in the CSISD Third Grade Reading STAAR Assessment in 2017, against the state average of 73%. The Foundation, District and the community are working together to bridge that gap and improve reading skills of young students. The “Amy Anderson Literacy Legacy Program” was established to promote early reading skills by providing books for children attending Pre-Kindergarten or Head Start classes in CSISD.

    There are about 350 children enrolled in Pre-K and Head Start at nine local elementary campuses. These little learners are considered at high risk for educational stability and academic achievement. They include boys and girls, 3-5 years of age, from all races, ethnicities, creed and ability that face the following challenges:

  • Low Socio-Economic Status (live at-or-below poverty level for income)
  • Homeless
  • In Foster care from distressed situation (abuse, neglect, incarcerated parent)
  • Have a parent in the military
  • Doesn't speak or understand English
  • Have a diagnosed disability or receive Supplemental Security Income

See the inspiring story!

  • Our program provides books for these at-risk children through a Book Fair Voucher. Each student receives a $10 voucher to purchase a book(s) at their school book fair. Studies show that students who choose their own books are more actively engaged in reading, and children with books in the home develop greater literacy skills. In addition to improving reading skills, the book program also:

  • Fosters language and vocabulary
  • Improves spelling aptitudes
  • Builds cognitive development
  • Enhances concentration and listening skills
  • Encourages a drive for knowledge
  • Develops imagination, creativity and empathy
  • The Amy Anderson Literacy Legacy Program was established after the sudden loss of Dr. Amy Anderson, a long-time teacher and administrator for College Station ISD. Her passion and work in CSISD was to encourage young students to develop a love of reading. To honor her memory and efforts, the Education Foundation established the initiative to enable underserved children to purchase their own books and create opportunities for reading. In its inaugural year, the Amy Anderson Literacy Legacy Program provided books to 346 excited students – every student in CSISD Pre-Kindergarten and Head Start!