Literacy program celebrates success

(Frank Martinez / KXAN)

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A local church’s project to help kids read has grown significantly over the years, and they celebrated their success Sunday.

In 2010, the Hill Country Bible Church launched Education Connection at Naumann Elementary in Leander with 24 volunteers. Their goal was to help kids read at their proper level by the time they reach third grade.

The program has grown to more than 400 volunteers from 63 churches and is reaching every Leander elementary school. Mentors have helped nearly 800 students by reading more than 42,000 books over the four year period.

“It’s not there to make little Christians out of everyone who comes to school,” HCBC Pastor Doug James said. “We don’t talk about our faith in the school district. What we’re there to do is to help them be successful in their academic endeavors.”

Sunday’s festivities featured a reception and program highlighting Education Connection’s impact.

The program will expand to the Round Rock and Lake Travis school districts in fall of 2014. Outside the Austin metro area, Education Connection plans to serve students in Van, which is outside of Tyler, and Pearsall, south of San Antonio. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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