Rackspace, The Junior League of San Antonio, HEB, Valero and North East Independent School District are working together to launch a new literacy initiative in San Antonio. The 2009 Summer Literacy Academy is a first of its kind program that is targeting more than 54 kindergarten through 5th grade students at Windcrest Elementary. The objective of this academy is to increase the literacy levels of students and have that increase endure.
To show his support of the academy, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and paid a visit to the children last Thursday morning. The mayor emphasized the importance of education and believing in success, and announced that each child participating in the academy will receive $200 in college scholarship money from the City of San Antonio, the City of Windcrest, Rackspace and the other academy partners.
“This is a fantastic project that brings together the resources of many businesses and organizations to benefit the children of the Windcrest community,” said Richard A. Middleton, superintendent of NEISD schools. “It is partnerships like this that can begin to make sustainable positive change for the future of San Antonio.”
See below for a video of the Mayor’s visit: