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January 29, 2014
We joined Literacy Connexus . . .


Dallas Baptist Association and Lawson Road Baptist Church joined Literacy Connexus in providing beginning home libraries for eleven families in the Seagoville area of Dallas County on the Martin Luther King Day of Service last week.  Jana Jackson, Director of Family and Community Ministries organized several service events including the family reading fair at Lawson Road.

Richard Harris is pastor of Lawson Road Baptist Church.  He and his wife Kim have planted their lives in the Lawson Road Community for more than sixteen years.  Their ministry is blooming in this isolated community adjacent to thirteen mobile home parks. 
For four-plus years the church has shared books with children through a mobile library.  Books displayed in crates in a trailer taken to one mobile home park, week after week, have made a difference.  So, when eleven families were invited, eleven showed up.  The children and adults painted bookcases and then collected new books to take home, beginning their own home libraries.  Some of the books came from the Literacy Connexus Book Bank in Fort Worth.  Several hundred books were donated by H-E-B.

The mobile library has helped the church build relationships in the community.  Some children who get books now participate in the church's music program.  Others play soccer on the church's field.  In the summer, Lawson Road Baptist Church provides a meal and a gathering place three days a week.  They help families stretch their food dollars.  The church also has emergency food available, and helps families at Christmas.  Most of those who participate in the church's programs use the mobile library.


Pastor Harris has a vision for reaching out to an additional mobile home park using a second mobile library . . . a plant that wants to send out shoots far into the community, even as it continues to bloom.   
Just  3 days until the . . .

Saturday, February 1, 2014 
8:30am - 5:00pm

The Gulf Coast Literacy Conference offers a wonderful venue for collaboration, networking, and sharing of ideas. It provides opportunities to learn about and discuss best practices of literacy instruction, and helps to mobilize volunteers to teach literacy skills in and around the Gulf Coast area. Literacy Texas is incredibly grateful for the organizations and people who make this conference possible!

Lori Donley, Executive Director, Literacy Texas 

Just  1  more day to register . . .
1. Click here to register.

2. Click here for a listing of conference sessions.

Keynote speaker Maria Bazan-Myrick is program director for Continuing Education Languages at Houston Community College. She has spent more than 25 years in the field of adult education and training, and has extensive ESL experience.
Last year, Bazan-Myrick's program was recognized by the National Council for Continuing Education and Training (NCCET) for its outstanding efforts and high quality learning opportunities in ESL and other areas.
Upcoming TEX Trainings . . .

Click on the green links for training details and registration.

Basic ESL Training for New ESL Teachers of Adult Students:

Basic Pronunciation for New Teachers of All Levels of Adult ESL Students:

Higher Level for New Teachers of All Levels of Adult ESL Students:

Lester Meriwether, Executive Director 
4802 Highway 377 S., Suite 14
Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Trivia Challenge 
1. Groundhog Day is Feb. 2. With its roots in old European weather lore, it began as a Pennsylvania Dutch celebration in the 18th century. Punxsutawney Phil, the prognosticating poster boy of Groundhog Day, has correctly predicted winter's duration what percent of the time:


a) 39%


b) 44%


c) 51%


d) 64% 

2. Which of the following most closely describes the number of complete Bible translations in existence:


a) more than 335


b) more than 469


c) more than 715


d) more than 1,000 

3. The official languages used at the United Nations are:


a) English and French


b) Chinese, English, and French


c) Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish


d) Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish 

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