Books for Children

May 2011 at Shearn Elementary.

HART members provide a free book to every child at an elementary school.

Every year, the Houston Association of Retired Teachers (HART) adopts one elementary school in the Houston Independent School District and provides every child in that school their own book.

These are some schools that HART has recently provided books to:

  • Port Houston
  • Whittier
  • Clinton Park
  • Houston Gardens
  • Fairchild
  • Dodson
  • Gregory Lincoln
  • R. L. Stevenson
  • Elrod
  • Almeda
  • Shearn
  • Burnett
  • Burrus

Students at Burrus Elementary in Houston ISD received 485 books on May 24 courtesy of Books for Children, an outreach program of Houston Area Retired Teachers (HART). Every child in Pre-K – 5th grade was given a book to take home. Books for Children is an annual HART event, distributing thousands of books to Houston children over the years. “It’s important to us that boys and girls learn to read and have their own books to go home,” said Bonnie Herst, co-chair of the program this year.
Members donate all the money for the books, and submit names of schools they’d like to see get the books. Once a school is chosen, former teachers select books appropriate for each grade level from Scholastic. When the books arrive, volunteers sort them for each classroom and add a bookplate to each so the child can take ownership. Anne Holloman chaired Books for Children for four years. She says, “The best part is going to schools and handing out a book to each child. It’s like Christmas for them.