. . . in providing the Read With Me!
family reading fair on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Western Hills Primary School. More than 100 families participated in the evening's activities.
I became acquainted with Literacy Connexus in January when Lester Meriwether and Caroline Bell explained their goal to expand Books for the Border and Beyond throughout Texas. This amazing ministry provides children with a bookcase and books to begin a home library. Literacy Connexus has the family reading fair process very well-planned with much attention to detail.
Western Hills Primary School serves 630 pre-kindergarten through first grade students in an area with 93% poverty. Our population is 56% Hispanic, 30% African-American, and 14% Anglo. Our students struggle to have sufficient food to eat, much less a home library.
Our pre-kindergarten students and their parents were very pleased and proud of the bookcases and books they received. How wonderful that our children will have books to ensure that literacy development is available in their homes! Books not only provide literacy acquisition and development, but they also provide a means for parents and children to talk, share time together, and develop language. Education is literacy-based, and a home library provides a foundation of future learning.
We are looking forward to additional enrichment activities this summer. Literacy Connexus and the six partnering churches for the reading fair will sponsor Wednesday morning reading times at Western Hills Primary. We are grateful to Ash Creek Baptist (Azle), Christ's Chapel (Fort Worth), Faith Presbyterian (Aledo), Lakeshore Drive Baptist (Weatherford), Western Hills Baptist (Fort Worth) and Western Hills United Methodist (Fort Worth) for their generosity.
It is our hope that other schools in the Fort Worth Independent School District (and elsewhere) will join Literacy Connexus in encouraging and equipping family literacy.
Principal, Western Hills Primary School