The idea of a Rundberg Educational Advancement District (READ) was conceived by a couple of APD officers working in the Rundberg neighborhood; they have established ties to the community through the mobile walking beat and a variety of community events and activities. When an IDEA Charter school bought a vacant property on E. Rundberg Lane between Guerrero Thompson Elementary School and I-35, the number of schools on Rundberg between North Lamar and Cameron/Dessau Ln. increased to five.
The officers realized that the entire length of Rundberg from Lamar to Cameron is a drug free zone because of the 1,000 foot radius around school properties (which includes recreational areas where youth congregate such as a recreation center or library). Drug free school zones are intended to deter distribution and sales of drugs with increased enforcement activity, faster prosecution and increased penalties for all drug related offences. They were designed and intended to improve environments where children congregate, creating drug free “safe havens” for them to learn and grow.
With the support of the AISD and the individual schools, the Rundberg Educational Advancement District was formed.