The Stephen F. Austin High School Football Team recently partnered with The Literacy Plus Project to help provide books to Title 1 schools in Austin ISD.
The Literacy Plus Project is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing free books to AISD Title 1 students. Studies have shown that children from different socioeconomic backgrounds who learn to read and understand what they are reading by the time they reach the third grade will have an equal chance of graduating high school.
The Austin High Football Teams helped to refurbish 67 boxes of books with the Freshmen repairing and refurbishing 28 boxes and the Varsity Team repairing and refurbishing 39 boxes.
In order to refurbish the books, they are first separated by grade into boxes. After that the cleaning crew:
- Removes price tags and stickers using nail polish remover or Goo-Gone and cotton balls.
- Covers up any writing with marker and or blank labels.
- Adds a label for the student to write their name on.
- Puts 60 books in classroom boxes for the schools.
“The players did a great job. We appreciated how they would catch when a book was in a box for the wrong grade. For example; a Dora the Explorer book was found in a box for 5th graders. They asked good questions, worked well together and were fun to work with. One of our supporters donated chocolate chip cookies for the players and they were a big hit!
With the work the players did, we are ready for our Summer Book Distribution, Fall Distribution and our Spring Distribution at both Ortega and Pleasant Hill Elementary Schools.
Coach Rosenthal has invited us back in the fall so we will be spending the summer gathering and sorting books! We truly enjoyed working with the players and Coach Mike Rosenthal and we look forward to working with them again in the fall.”
–President and Co-Founder Rosanne Crump
About The Literacy Plus Project:,
The Literacy Plus Project celebrated their 3 year anniversary on April 1st. Since the time of their inception, they have given away almost 15,000 books and served approximately 2,000 students.