MM is an incentive-based reading achievement program with more than 1,200 students at three Fort Worth ISD elementary schools. The program rewards students for reaching each of "Maven the Raven's Milestones:" Ascent, Afterburner, Approach and Call Sign Maven. Each milestone represents a specific number of points that the students earn by reading books and passing online quizzes.
Hernandez met with fourth and fifth graders at Cesar Chavez, Washington Heights, and Van-Zandt Guinn elementary schools. His presentation focused on Palo Duro Canyon--the "Grand Canyon of Texas"--the second largest canyon in the United States.
Hernandez provided a history of the canyon dating back to the Paleo-Indians, the Apache and Comanche tribes, and early Europeans. He also discussed different geological features of the canyon, and showed the students different pictures of the unique landscape and native wildlife.
"I think anyone who visits Palo Duro is surprised to see a canyon this size located right in the middle of the Texas plains," said Hernandez. "It's a fascinating place with a deep history, and it's always fun to share my experiences with the students in this program."