Share Dreams, Wishes at Waverly Park Wishtree Celebration, May 1
Fort Worth ISD’s Waverly Park Elementary School is hosting The Wishtree Celebration from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.
For the last month, Waverly Park students have read the book, Wishtree by Newberry Medal-winning author Katherine Applegate. It’s the story of a community that gathers annually on May 1 at to adorn a neighborhood oak tree with their dreams and wishes.
Wednesday’s celebration is a culmination of the school’s monthlong reading initiative and aims to bring the Waverly Park community together to write their dreams and wishes on pieces of fabric, that will hang from the red oak tree on the school’s front lawn just outside the campus library. The event, which will take place on the school’s front lawn, located 3604 Cimmaron Trail, will also include a presentation to parent volunteers, a picnic-style dinner and a discussion about the book.
“This is going to be a very special and grand event for our Waverly Park community,” said Librarian Lishelle Covin.
Waverly Park’s Wishtree reading initiative aligns with Fort Worth ISD’s goal that 100% of third-graders are reading on or above grade level by the year 2025. Superintendent Kent P. Scribner is partnering with Mayor Betsy Price, BNSF Executive Chairman Matt Rose to lead the community-wide Read Fort Worth initiative. Anel Mercado serves as the executive director. This cradle-to-career strategy puts childhood literacy front and center and aligns the resources of the Fort Worth ISD with the city’s business sector, city leaders, higher education, nonprofit organizations, the faith-based community as well as educators and parents. Childhood literacy can determine success in all subjects for years to come, including math and science.