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  November 5, 2014
I joined Literacy Connexus . . .

I had the great pleasure of serving as the Executive Director of Literacy Texas until the end of September when I left my beloved job to prepare for a new baby. My role as leader of the statewide literacy coalition allowed me to work alongside Literacy Connexus to promote adult and early literacy. The two organizations are allies and friends, resulting in an extraordinary collaboration in state literacy efforts. We band together on important projects that raise awareness and improve literacy across Texas.


Lori and Dennis Donley


At Literacy Texas we're big supporters of Literacy Connexus' Books for the Border and Beyond project. We publicize the program, which fosters early literacy by providing access to books and other resources, on the homepage of our website and we collect books at the annual Literacy Texas Conference.


On a personal note, I was blessed with two parents who had the determination, ability, and time to impart a passion for reading to my brother and me. As the former Executive Director of Literacy Texas, I can tout the science behind why reading to children is important. Reading aloud is widely recognized as the most important activity leading to literacy acquisition. But, it's my personal experience that has cemented this understanding.

Baby Trey Donley's library in waiting

Before I could write, my dad printed the words I relayed and helped me paste my illustrations on stapled paper to create my own Strawberry Shortcake book. I entered Kindergarten an avid, little reader and an (albeit, unpublished) author. In junior high, my favorite part of the day was the morning time when my mom would spend half an hour before carpool reading aloud to me. This was a time when I could escape the cruel reality of a pre-teen girl and get lost in the world of Anne Shirley and the March sisters.


Now that I'm a full-fledged adult, expecting my first child, I can more clearly see the important role my parents played in shepherding my love of books and, ultimately, making me a lifelong learner. I'm excited to instill this love of the written word in our baby boy. I have great satisfaction in knowing what a tremendous gift this is and how much it will help him in life. Unfortunately, as we're painfully aware, not all families are able to give the amazing gift of literacy, which is why it's vital to support the great work of organizations like Literacy Connexus. 


Lori Donley

Austin, TX 

National Family Literacy Month . . .

What could be more fun than this?
Bedtime Bible story with Matt Moore and sons, Copperas Cove, TX

Check out 30 Days of Families Learning Together, a month's worth of family literacy activities and practices designed to inspire family memories rooted in imagining, playing, and learning together. Created by the National Center for Families Learning.
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Lester Meriwether, Executive Director
Offices at Henderson Hall - Agape Baptist Church
3954 Southwest Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX  76116

Mailing address:
3020 S. Cherry Lane, #123168
Fort Worth, TX 76121-3168
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Trivia Challenge 
1. Words With Friends (Scrabble's cousin) pits chum against chum on electronic devices around the world, in eight languages. In the English version, the number of allowable words exceeds:

a) 173,000   


b) 273,000
c) 373,000


d) 473,000  

2. The German word Pampelmuse means:   

a) to read and ponder


b) small rodent


c) sport's arena


d) grapefruit     

3. Iroquois and other Native Americans planted three major crops close together, providing mutual benefit between them. These three sisters (kionhekwa in the Iroquois language) are: 


a) peas, onions, peppers    


b) corn, beans, squash


c) potatoes, carrots, beets,  

d) cabbage, yams, turnips  




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