The new Early Literacy Center at Treasure Hills Elementary is a place of magic and imagination in which early readers can get lost in the pages of their favorite book.
The Harlingen Board of Realtors and Harlingen High School South’s cast from the upcoming Beauty and the Beast production paid a special visit to Treasure Hills on Thursday, October 30, in celebration of the grand opening of the new center.
During the visit, a select group of second graders received a sneak peak of the “Beauty and the Beast” play that will take place later this month.
The idea for the literacy center began after a move for early childhood literacy at the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District.
“We started this journey at the end of last year,” said Roland Ingram Treasure Hills Principal. “It began because Superintendent, Dr. Art Cavazos, recognized a need for early literacy, and we agreed wholeheartedly that there are some hurdles that we need to overcome at the lower grade levels, especially with reading.”
Supporting the early childhood literacy initiative at HCISD, the collaborative efforts of staff, administrators, and community members were essential in bringing the center to fruition.
The Harlingen Board of Realtors offered their help upon hearing about the project and donated a stage for student performances.
“Creating a solid foundation for global achievement begins with early childhood literacy,” said Dr. Cavazos. “ We thank the Board of Realtors for their donation to Treasure Hills Elementary. It will give our students additional resources that will promote a passion for reading and life long learning.”
Library Media Specialist, Sheri Durham, Scholastic, RGV Isotopes, and Lucio Garza also contributed to the literacy center.
In the literacy center, students can discover the joy that exists in telling stories, having stories told to you, and even performing stories. Features in the room include – child friendly seating, puppet show booth, listening station, game station, and story reading station.
“All of my board of directors and committee members were 100 percent on board with this project,” said Shane Allen of the HBR. “We are glad as a group that we were able to help support this project and hopefully we can do more things in the future.”
Click here to view photos of the grand opening.