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June 5, 2013
We joined Literacy Connexus . . .

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.   
~Charles W. Eliot
Despite the threat of rain and the occasional dark cloud, sunshine prevailed Saturday, June 1st, as over 100 children participated in the first annual Reading Fair sponsored by One Church One School for the pre-kindergarten students of Anne Frank Elementary school in Dallas. Fifty-two bookcases were given to families of the elementary school students as well as members of Christian Chapel Temple of Faith CME church (CCTOF) in Dallas. In addition, over 700 books, the majority of which were donated by Literacy Connexus, were given out as well.


According to CCTOF member and Literacy Connexus Board Member Shewanda Riley, the event's success surpassed the planning team's expectations. Riley explains, "What started as a brief conversation during our church's 150th
Anniversary Block Party in November 2012 turned into an awesome opportunity for CCTOF to be a living example of Jesus' hands extended."


After that conversation, Katrina Walton, One Church One School Coordinator for CCTOF, worked closely with the church administration, Men's Ministry, Youth Ministry and Communications Team to make the event happen. The date of the event coincided with the end of the school year and beginning of the summer break. The hope was that by giving the students books as the summer break began, they would be more likely to maintain and improve their reading skills. Walton enlisted the Men's Ministry to build the bookcases while the Youth Ministry painted the bookcases. Even though this was the church's first time hosting this type of reading fair, the planning team was hopeful that it would be a success.


According to Walton, the reading fair exceeded those expectations. "I feel the Reading Fair was a huge success. Not only because of the number of children we were able to serve in the community but being able to provide the foundation for the children to reach higher heights in their life."


Smiles of joy on the faces of the students and their parents indicated that this event, one of CCTOF's community outreach events, achieved its goal of touching the community. One of the planning team members and reading fair volunteers, Rev. Lisa Butler, an ordained minister at CCTOF, echoed Walton's comments. Butler said that she would like to see this project spread out to other schools in the church area, as well as the community next year.  Walton added, "It was a great event. I look forward to doing it again."


Shewanda Riley

Literacy Connexus Board of Directors 

Together we can do more . . .

Individual members of an office team painted separate segments of the scene below, before lining up the canvases to create a beautiful landscape.

In the same way, your contribution to Literacy Connexus, big or small, joins with others to create something bigger and better than any of us could accomplish on our own.

Lester is running the Wipro San Francisco Half Marathon on June 16, 2013, to raise awareness of the literacy needs of millions in Texas. Please support his efforts with a donation to this ministry. And don't forget to wish him a Happy Birthday!

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Golden Gate Bridge
Thanks to the Killeen office of First Command Financial Planning

Glenda Reece ESL Conference

Attention ESL teachers and program directors!

Do you want to brush up on your skills
learn some new ones?

Here is your chance to learn from one of the best.

Glenda Reece is teacher, trainer, author, and content creator of ESL and Cross Culture programs implemented across
the United States.

Conference Information: 
When:  Fri., Jun 28, 6 pm-8:30 pm  Director's Interactive Roundtable
           Sat., Jun 29, 9 am-4 pm  ESL Instructor Training

Where:  First Baptist Church
300 S. Center St.
Arlington, TX 76010

Cost:  $20 for both Friday and Saturday sessions
$15 for Saturday session only

Registration:  Register online only, now through June 18, at 

For more information, see
Lester Meriwether, Executive Director
4802 Highway 377 South, Suite 14
Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Trivia Challenge 
1. Shivaree is a term derived from the French word charivari. Introduced by the French who settled in Louisiana, it became a popular custom involving:

a) hazing a couple on their wedding night

b) proving one's manhood by accepting a dare to do something reckless

c) plunging into the Mississippi River for a New Year's Day polar bear swim

d) eating large quantities of red hot peppers

2. The Gang of Eight fended off a slew of amendments aimed to divide the bipartisan authors of the proposed immigration reform bill and kill it before it ever reaches the Senate floor. These types of amendments are called:

a) cloture

b) poison pill

c) omnibus

d) nongermane 

3. If Lester covers 30 inches with every stride, about how many steps will he take to get across the Golden Gate Bridge (el puente Golden Gate in Spanish), in one direction, in his San Francisco run for literacy?

a) 2,420

b) 8,611

c) 5,741

d) 3,592 

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