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          July 29, 2015 reports the scariest water slide ever may just be in Waco, TX . . .

Have you heard about the new Royal Flush water slide? It features a one hundred foot drop with an upward slope at the end, launching adventurers into flips and follies across the sky before splashing into the pool below. Riders are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket to encourage survival.


Believe it or not, Texas has another slide that's even more frightening. It's called the summer slide, and it takes down hundreds of thousands of children across the state between June and September each year.  


It's a backward ride, and it's not fun.  


The summer slide describes what happens to kids who don't read or get read to for three months, and it's a reality for 25% of Texas' children who live in poverty with little or no access to books. Similar to a ride on the the Royal Flush, kids on the summer slide end up over their heads--but without a life jacket. By the end of fifth grade, many find themselves floundering three years behind their peers in school.

But, this summer, hundreds of children in the Rio Grande Valley have been thrown a life preserver. Participating in Feed the Body, Feed the Mind--This Summer, a number of summer meals sites spiced up their lunch time offerings with reading and literacy activities. Literacy Connexus provided books to ten summer programs, with the hope that each child showing up for meals would read at least six--and avoid the summer slide altogether.


In Harlingen, where Angie Quezada manages four meals sites serving about 80 kids each day, the leader of her book reading competition has read more than 15. Angie assigns book reports in fun, creative formats to keep the kids accountable. "When they respond," she said, "we know they read the book."       




"Our kids really enjoy the books," Angie said. "They're learning different things from what they're reading, and saying, 'Oh, let's do this!' Our only problem is getting them to go home at the end of the day."


In two weeks, Angie will share more about her exciting program in Harlingen, where kids are high and dry, and safe from the slippery slope of the summer slide.

 Just Three More Days . . . 

This Saturday, Literacy Connexus will receive 20% of all tickets sales for the evening's production of:

The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote  
by Brenda Withers, a world premiere

That's this Saturday, August 1, 2015,  at 8:00 pm 
120 South Main St., Fort Worth, TX 76104

  • $33.00 Adults
  • $28.00 Seniors
  • $18.00 Students + Industry

Box office: 817-923-3012 


Click here to learn more about the production

Jeremy Schwartz Photo by Taylor Willis

Enjoy what the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is calling one of the finest theatrical productions Fort Worth has seen in years, and stop by to see us at our Literacy Connexus display!
2015 Literacy Texas Conference . . .

Next week in San Marcos, August 3-5.

"Join us in discussing the most current and prevailing issues shaping adult literacy in Texas."



North Texas Giving Day . . .

Every gift between $25 and $500 donated to Literacy Connexus will be MATCHED. It's going to be nuts around here!

Please plan to support this ministry
on September 17th. 

Sign Up for TEX Today . . .


Teaching English with Excellence workshops provide training and materials for new and returning ESL teachers of adult students.


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Lester Meriwether, Executive Director 

Offices at Henderson Hall - Agape Baptist Church

3954 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth, TX  76116


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3020 S. Cherry Lane, #123168

Fort Worth, TX  76121

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Trivia Challenge 
1. From the Spanish word jinete, the term a la gineta refers to a:


a) way of determining something by means similar to rock, paper, scissors


b) style of horseback riding in the middle ages using short stirrups for greater control during combat


c) dish that is cooked with white wine, garlic, onions, and sometimes tomatoes


d) soft ice cream-like dessert often containing chunks of fresh, in-season fruit 


2. Castile soap is a name used in English-speaking countries for soap that is made in a style similar to that originating in the Castile region of Spain. A key characteristic of Castile soap is that it is :    


a) edible


b) made with no animal fats


c) always in liquid form


d) non-sudsy            



3. Scholars commonly associate Quixote with the Catalan word cuixot. Therefore, Don Quixote could rightfully be called:  


a) Don Thigh Armor


b) Don Little Barrel


c) Don Horse Handler


d) Don Grog Guzzler



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