Big Tex? No, TEX joined Literacy Connexus . . .

Big Tex

Big Tex is waiting to greet you at the state fair of Texas in Dallas this Friday afternoon.  He’s had quite a year since the fire that damaged this friendly landmark.  New duds in Fort Worth.  A complete makeover for this 61-year-old.  A sight to see: Big Tex-welcoming fair goers at the State Fair of Texas.

Another TEX has had a busy year, too.  The Literacy Connexus approach to training volunteers to speak English is also known as TEX–Teaching English with Excellence . . .

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TEX Trainings this fall

TEX Trainings this summer and fall

 

Thank you!

Saying thank you is important for anyone who receives a gift—especially a not-for-profit organization.  More than just being polite, there are tax implications. So, thank you to all who support Literacy Connexus through your donations and other support.

Some gifts are monetary; others in-kind (a fancy word for things used in doing one’s work).  In the last week many books have been donated for Books for the Border and Beyond.  This is one of the most important in-kind gifts we receive.  The books go to one of three book banks affiliated with Literacy Connexus.  Donated books are sorted by volunteers and shared with families lacking books at home.

At the world-wide headquarters for Literacy Connexus (4802 Hwy. 377 S, Fort Worth) I am sitting at a desk donated by a company going out of business.  Someone donated the chair I’m sitting on.

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Can you spot the donations?

I am using software made available by Tech Soup at a greatly reduced price through Microsoft.  The lateral file cabinet to my right and the bookcase behind me were donated by United Way when they moved to new offices.  The list is long for those kinds of gifts.  Thank you!

But Literacy Connexus really lives in volunteers serving through churches in the cities and towns across Texas.  A couple of years ago we learned that each week in Texas more than 10,000 adults from 88 countries learn English through the efforts of 1,500 plus volunteers.  This past weekend volunteers trained new teachers in three cities.  These 75 new teachers have returned to their churches with clear ideas about how to prepare lessons and make learning fun.  Thank you Robin Feistel, Martha McDade, Connie Anthony, Karen Peiser, Ella Moore, Carol Coburn, Dora Parnell, Blenda Wilson, Elsa Romero, and Beth Avery for your dedication to teaching English with excellence.  Thank you teachers everywhere for you service to persons seeking to learn English.

This blog will be launched on the Literacy Connexus website as a part of the ongoing work of Pam Moore.  Thank you for three years of dedicated service.

Thank you, Literacy Connexus board members:  Caroline Bell, Lynda Bertram, Kathy Cervantes, Lyle Crossley,  Larry Floyd, and Shewanda Riley.  From cleaning up trash along the highway to reviewing tax returns and donating to the cause, your service is much appreciated.

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And thanks to all who pray for the work of Literacy Connexus.  It matters.

Lester

We Joined Mary Hill Davis

Literacy Connexus is one of 96 ministries in Texas that receives funding through the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions.

Last night, representatives from a half dozen Baptist churches in the Stephenville area gathered at the Greens Creek Baptist Church to focus attention on this offering. Enjoying dinner and playing “allocation Bingo,” they learned about where money goes when given to the MHD offering.

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Follow our Blog!

On weeks alternating with the Literacy Connexus newsletter (as in this one) we’ll begin a series of blogs – “web logs” – related to the work of Literacy Connexus.  Rather than reflecting on the universe at large or generally random topics, our goal (Lester, Pam, and guest bloggers) will be to draw back the curtain and share something of the movement and progression of our work in literacy in Texas and beyond.

Literacy Connexus is in the middle of the late summer training events for ESL (English for Speakers of Other Languages).  Our website lists workshops from Fort Worth to Houston to San Antonio and more.  These workshops are known as TEX (Teaching English with Excellence) trainings.  Experienced ESL  program leaders give their time to train volunteers to teaching English to beginning students.  Robin Feistel developed TEX over several years and is the ESL Coordinator for Literacy Connexus.

Sunday, September 8, is International Literacy Daya very important observance for those in the literacy field.  But did you know that Thursday, September 19, is Talk Like a Pirate Day?  Special emphasis days and months are not in short supply.  They focus brief attention on things that are important – at least to calendar makers.  Because you are reading this, I’m guessing that literacy is important to you (at least more than talking like a pirate).  So, gentle reader, as you contemplate International Literacy Day, what’s in your library?

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Lester Meriwether