Dixie Chemical Helps Prevent ‘Summer Slide’

As most of us prepare for summer fun, the teachers and staff at Garfield Elementary School in the Pasadena Independent School District are preparing to battle the “Summer Slide.”  During summer months, students do not practice their reading skills as diligently as during the school year and many “slide” back on their reading progress.  What could a leader in the chemical industry do to help?

Dixie Chemical Donates Reading Benches to Local Elementary Schools

Dixie Chemical in Pasadena joined the battle by donating 19 waterproof outdoor reading benches to area elementary schools (Bailey, Burnett, Freeman, Garfield, Golden Acres, Kruse, Mae Smythe, McMasters, Meador, Parks, Pearl Hall, Red Bluff, Richey, South Houston, South Shaver, Sparks, Stuchberry, Turner and Williams).  These benches contain complimentary books that students and family members can borrow and return throughout the summer months. The goal is to keep everyone reading and prevent the dreaded summer slide.

melissa-istre-assistant-principal-garfield-elementary-school3Melissa Istre (at left), Assistant Principal at Garfield Elementary School, stated, “This is an extraordinary way for our students to continue to hone in on their reading skills during the summer months.  Reading only 20 minutes a day significantly impacts one’s reading success.”


Fostering Intellectual Curiosity in Our Community

Kelli Gregory, Vice President of Procurement and Business Support at Dixie Chemical comments: “Dixie Chemical values early childhood education and the intellectual curiosity that is inspired though reading for enjoyment.  Intellectual curiosity is the foundation of problem solving, which is critical for a strong workforce.” It is involvement like this and through other projects that makes Dixie Chemical an integral part of the community.

About Dixie Chemical Company

Since 1946, Dixie Chemical has been committed to manufacturing high-quality, high-performance chemical products that improve our world. With 300 customers in 25 countries, Dixie Chemical is a proven partner for open innovation in thermoset materials, alkaline paper sizing, and fuel and lube markets. For more information, visit www.dixiechemical.com.


Photo courtesy of http://garfield.pasadenaisd.org/