Joe Ward, the husband of former Houston teacher Terisa Ward, leads an assembly last year at Houston Elementary School to kick off the Terisa Ward Reading Challenge.

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An annual drive to raise funds for the “Terisa Ward Reaching Challenge” ends Friday at the Houston School District.

Children bring in spare change to their classroom and generate money for the program that provides books to all Houston Elementary School students.

The winning class — based on a most donation per student ratio — receives a pizza and ice cream party.

Mrs. Ward was an elementary teacher at Houston before passing away in 2018.

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