Literacy ConneXus News
April 18, 2012
Western Hills United Methodist Church joined Literacy Connexus . . .

The temple built by Solomon may have had walls lined with cedar and gold, but the hallways of Western Hills United Methodist Church have boasted their own treasures lately. Church members began building bookcases for the pre-kindergarten students of Western Hills Primary School in January, lining the halls of the church as the bookcases accumulated.


Church member Ray Howe cut the plywood for the project; fellow member and retired engineer Gene Adams assembled the units. Together, they produced 102 bookcases. Youth from four United Methodist churches completed the painting stage of production during last Saturday's Day of Service--"a positive and energetic end to a massive building project," said Literacy Connexus participant Allison Blush.


Books for the Border and Beyond projects link churches to the people of communities in order to minister to those living in poverty. But sometimes other connections emerge. WHUMC pastor, Rev. Raul Gutierrez grew up in Brownsville, attending Cromack Elementary School. Cromack was one of eight schools that received bookcases in December, 2011, through Books for the Border and Beyond.




Upcoming Fort Worth Family Reading Fair

Western Hills Primary School principal Jana Marbut-Ray and her staff have partnered with Literacy Connexus, six area churches, and WestAid food pantry to provide beginning home libraries for the families of the school's 130 pre-kindergarten students.

Parents and children will decorate and personalize their bookcases, collect new and gently-used books, read together, and participate in activities, including visits from Clifford the Big Red Dog and school mascot, Dandy the Dolphin. The children will be encouraged to return to school each week in June to receive additional books and a sack lunch.

Join us May 3, 2012, at Western Hills Primary School in Fort Worth for this very special family reading fair. If you are interested in participating, contact us by email by Tuesday, May 1. Volunteers will receive a name badge and instructions at 5:00 pm.
Lester Meriwether, Executive Director
4802 Highway 377 S., Suite 14
Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Pam Moore, Editor