One Word, One Page, One Book at a Time… Together We Can #LeadInLiteracy

As part of NCSD’s Strategic Plan, we are committed to working together with parents and our community to ensure all students meet or exceed Literacy expectations. The importance of students enjoying reading and becoming proficient at reading is a shared district, family, and community priority. The district is appreciative of our partnerships with We Read and Wyoming Reads – two outstanding community organizations with an emphasis on early childhood literacy.

We Read

“We Read” is a partnership, launched in 2011, between the Casper Star-Tribune, the Natrona County School District (NCSD), and the Natrona County Public Library, supported by local businesses and foundations. Its aim is to promote and support literacy as a community-wide value and reading as an important, multiage, mentoring activity. We Read accomplishes this by distributing age-appropriate books to every K-3 grade student once a month – to help grow their family’s library at home and encourage reading. Since its launch, We Read has distributed approximately 430,000 books to Natrona County students! 

We Read also produces My Trib, a weekly magazine that is distributed to schools and included with the Casper Journal. The magazine provides tools to improve reading proficiency through a variety of literacy building games, activities, and stories for each age group.

In 2016 We Read launched the “We Read – Fun Games for Kids” mobile app – a literacy-development app that features more than 50 games for multiple grade levels. Make learning fun with the We Read app! The app is full of free, easy-to-use games that help children practice and expand their reading skills. Kids ages 2-9 collect medals and develop essential literacy skills and confidence as they successfully complete interactive learning games customized to their ability level.

– Listen to exciting stories.

– Play matching games.

– Solve word puzzles.

– Choose from four skill levels.

Available on Google Play and the Apple Store. Just search “WeRead – Free Games for Kids“ and download.


Wyoming Reads

“Casper Cares, Casper Reads” was a program that started in 1999. Six hardback books of varying reading levels were selected to be distributed to each first-grade classroom in the school district. Each student then had the opportunity to select the book of their choice. In 2006, the Casper Cares, Casper Reads program was taken to a new level, expanding statewide for the first time as “Wyoming Reads.” The program has since grown to include celebrations in all of Wyoming’s 23 counties. Each year the program distributes books to thousands of first-graders across the state! 

John Jorgensen leads the group of extraordinary educators and civic leaders that put on Wyoming Reads. John established the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation and the “Casper Cares, Casper Reads” celebration to honor his late wife’s commitment to literacy and books. “She was always very dedicated to children and to literacy,” says John. “She believed that until someone can read, they can’t really do anything else.” Mr. Jorgensen’s passion for promoting a love of reading and honoring the Sue Jorgensen Library Foundation is admirable and many other states have reached out to Mr. Jorgensen to expand the Wyoming Reads program into their state! 




The Natrona County School District is incredibly grateful for the dedicated leadership and support of these, and so many more, community partners who provide exceptional literacy services and resources to our community! One Word, One Page, One Book at a time…together we can #LeadInLiteracy. 


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