FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Daggatt Middle School’s principal, Cynthia Brown, has a lot of energy that she brings to her job. Additionally, she has a mission for her school.

“One of our big issues is literacy,” Brown said. “And we really struggled with how are we going are we going to make reading fun, not just for our kids but our families.”

But Brown’s school doesn’t have a lot of money to achieve their goal, especially since $6 million in grant money expired last year.

That’s where Reading Oasis helps. A group of volunteers from Pier One teamed with United Way and spent Wednesday building shelves and unpacking boxes in the school library.

Volunteers from other companies did the same in five other Fort Worth and Hurst schools.

They’re building comfortable reading spaces to encourage students to step away from Facebook and texts and to thirst for the knowledge in books of the Reading Oasis.

“Everything they do is reading,” Brown said of the importance of her mission. “Whether its math, whether its science, whether its social studies. We’ve really got to empower them in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Its a very small window.”

The students will be surrounded by hundreds of current books in a relaxing setting. Here adults can interact with students no matter their reading level.

Parents are encouraged to join them. Now, Brown can use her energy to accomplish her mission.

She danced in joy and clapped her hands as she saw for the first time the brightly colored oasis that had sprung up in the middle of her library.

“Yea!” she exclaimed. “I am EXCITED! YES!

“This is an amazing, Amazing transformation of our library for our students and their families.”

United Way is taking the program national with oases already planned in Miami and New York.

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