First of its kind literacy initiative unveiled in the area

MISSION – A new literacy initiative will bring three Rio Grande Valley communities and one school district together to provide the use of an online digital library.

The cities of Mission, Alton and Palmhurst along with Mission CISD will promote literacy with Mission CISD Reads while giving access to more than 6,000 books to students and residents in the area through myOn website and apps.

“We're going to give access to books at no charge,” Superintendent of schools Dr. Ricardo Lopez said. “Our entire community whether you go to our schools or not will have access because with us it's not just about our children, it's all children.”

Lopez said the cities will assist with not only funding but training for the use of myOn.

The 2010 census revealed in Hidalgo county alone more than 50 percent of residents were illiterate. The alarming statistic got the ball rolling at Mission CISD because for the past three years they have been trying to reduce the percentage.

They have been given the accolades for creating home libraries for students, they have given tens-of-thousands of books away each summer. Jason Garrett does a read-out-loud where he reads the first chapter of a book to ignite the passion of reading.

Mission CISD holds read-out-louds at Tom Landry stadium for 7,000 students.

District officials will also reach out to local day care centers, Head Start, churches, businesses and Mission Regional Medical Center to spread the word on how the initiative can assist struggling readers with this library.

Accessing the library

For Mission CISD elementary and junior high students they can use their school logins on myOn.com.

There is also an app available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Residents in the Alton area can use username: alton and password: reads.

All other Mission CISD residents can access using the Mission CISD Reads username: mission and password: reads.