#ReadPlayTalk is a community-wide effort that involves businesses and organizations lending their support in innovative, non-financial ways. Supporting a culture of reading, playing and talking with children from birth through early childhood can be as simple as encouraging customers, employees or members to read, play and talk with their children EVERY DAY.

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Mesquite ISD cannot do this alone. It will take parents, educators and community partners working together to make #ReadPlayTalk part of our community's cultural identity.

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Mesquite ISD is not seeking financial donations for #ReadPlayTalk. As an RPT Partner, your business or organization can help to further a #ReadPlayTalk community culture by developing unique ways to get your customers, employees or members reading, playing and talking in their own homes with their own children. We will post stories of those efforts here and through Mesquite ISD's other communication channels.

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We want to recognize your business or organization as part of the #ReadPlayTalk initiative. Contact Executive Director for Communications Laura Jobe at or 972-882-7406 to share your story.

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Brookside Village Embraces #ReadPlayTalk

Brookside Village, a manufactured housing community within the Mackey Elementary School boundaries, is one of Mesquite ISD's first partners in the district's #ReadPlayTalk initiative. So says Mackey Principal Lynne Noe, who was surpised last August while dropping off school supplies and registration information by Brookside's new literacy center.

This area, which includes two new bookcases and a child-size picnic table with big Lego blocks, was inspired by Mackey's reading-focused donations earlier in the summer, she said. "We left donated books to be used for a summer book swap by our students who are residents there," she said.

"They are embracing #ReadPlayTalk," said Noe. "I can't wait to suggest some other activities for them to add to their literacy area."

"We really do try hard to engage our students, and a lot more kids began visiting our clubhouse because of the books," said Sharla Piest, who has served as manager of Brookside Village for 13 years."

"Mackey Elementary's book donation and meeting its engaged staff also inspired us to reinvigorate our Kids Club, and we're going to host after-school activities once a month to enrich learning," she added.McKenzie Elementary’s relationship with the Goodbar Center connected to its gym is not what it used to be. It’s even better."


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Goodbar Seniors Form Friendships through ReadPlayTalk 

McKenzie Elementary’s relationship with the Goodbar Center connected to its gym is not what it used to be. It’s even better.

Hosting affordable after-school care for McKenzie students, Goodbar Recreation Center also does double duty as an activity center for seniors earlier in the day. Since September, Goodbar seniors visit classes bimonthly to read to McKenzie kindergarteners and first-graders.

Inspired by #ReadPlayTalk, principal Aimee Lewis said Sally Jo Parise readily accepted Lewis’ invitation to recruit Goodbar seniors to read at McKenzie. Parise, Goodbar’s senior program supervisor, is joined by about 10 seniors in this effort.

"You can see the excitement on the students faces when the guest readers come,” said Lewis. “Many students start scooting closer and closer and almost end up in the reader’s lap. I love watching the interactions, and it seems the seniors get just as much enjoyment from this time together as the students do."

"I think back to my childhood and remember my grandparents always reading to me,” said Lewis. “Some of our students do not have grandparents near, and some of these seniors have grandchildren who are older or who do not live close by. This allows both seniors and students to share the love of reading with each other. It makes my heart happy!"

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