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Amy Anderson Literacy Legacy


Learning to Love Reading for Future Success!

  • Only 64% of economically disadvantaged students scored at “Approaches Grade Level or Above” in the CSISD 3rd Grade Reading STAAR Assessment in 2019, versus the state average of 76%. 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 and Title I Kindergarten 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