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July 2, 2014
Blessings by the book . . .

Kids at  Cornerstone Baptist Church in South Dallas are going to pull a fast one on their teachers this fall. Thanks to Pastor Chris Simmons' Reading Club, their literacy skills are going to be sharper and stronger than when summer started. Teachers will not be expecting this, knowing that many low-income families don't have access to books when school is not in session.


Books for the Border and Beyond project at Cornerstone Baptist Church on MLK Day of Service
It's a simple concept--kids report what they read to the pastor and earn prizes. And don't be surprised when, along the way, they expand their vocabularies and broaden their horizons. There's nothing like a good book, and a good man to share it with, to cultivate a love of reading that will bless those kids for the rest of their lives.
Books donated by Literacy Connexus and HEB to participants of Cornerstone's After School Program earlier this year  


Pastor Simmons must have done some reading himself. He knows that students often lose up to two months of reading achievement during the summer months, but digging into just five books can keep them from sliding. He's even got a plan to make sure appropriate books are available, participating in a project called Libros Libres, a collaboration between Little Free Libraries, Big Thought, bcWORKSHOP, and the Dallas Public Library.


Imagine the looks on teachers faces if every church started a Pastor's Reading Club . . .

"It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes." --Thomas Aquinas 

Happy 4th of July and 10 years of 
Literacy Connexus!

This time the joke's on us . . . 10 of them, that is, in our Ten for Ten list of Ten Corny Jokes.

Literacy Texas Conference. . .
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  2. Register for the conference  
  3. Secure a hotel reservation    
Don't miss
the opportunity to
honor H.D. White, Literacy
Texas 2014 Volunteer of the Year!

(click here to read about H.D.)  

For literacy program administrators, volunteers, board members, and supporters.

See you in San Marcos!   

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Lester Meriwether, Executive Director 
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Fort Worth, TX 76116
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Trivia Challenge 
1. Luis Suarez, of Uruguay, recently joined the ranks of U.S. athletes Mike Tyson and Tree Rollins. The three:

a) have bitten opponents 


b) are heavyweight champions


c) have face tattoos


d) are former athletes who now star in cooking shows    

2. Pois não? is a common Portuguese phrase that literally means "Because no?" People in Brazil use the expression to mean:  


a) Can I help you?


b) What did you say?


c) Why not?


d) What in the world?  

3. In Australia, The Solomon Method is a comprehensive literacy model. In America, The Solomon Method is a feature of 4th of July celebrations, made famous by Takeru Kobayashi from Japan. It involves: 


a) baseball


b) hot dogs


c) parades 


d) fireworks



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TEX Trainings
Here is our line up of fall Basic ESL Trainings for New ESL Teachers of Adults Students.

Click on each location for more information.

Aug. 8-9, 2014

Aug. 15-16, 2014


Aug. 22-23, 2014 



Sept. 5-6, 2014



Sept. 12-13, 2014



Sept. 20, 2014

Literacy Missions
Hewitt, TX
Literacy Missions Training Event

Sept. 12-13, 2014

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