The South Texas Literacy Coalition’s Catrina Ball, Historias de la Vida, celebrating our 15th anniversary, not only honored literacy champions but also showcased the rich cultural tapestry of South Texas.
In an evening that intertwined literacy advocacy with cultural celebration, attendees were treated to the stellar performances of UTRGV’s Mariachi Aztlan and the Ballet Folklorico, which added a vibrant local flavor to the festivities. The highlight was a captivating reading of Walt Disney’s “Ferdinand the Bull” by Dr. Dahlia Guerra, accompanied by the exquisite violin play of Dr. Diana Seitz—moments that added to the narrative tapestry of the evening.
This event was a testament to our belief that literacy lies at the core of all learning and is the cornerstone of a prosperous life. We were honored to bestow the Above and Beyond Award on the Pharr Memorial Library, celebrating the exceptional work of Director Adolfo Garcia. Our Literacy Champion Appreciation Award recipient, former Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, was celebrated for laying the groundwork for what STLC has become today.
Acknowledgment extends to our founding president, Laura Hinojosa, and past president, Ricardo Contreras, for their unwavering dedication. Emcee Adolfo Muniz of Spectrum News and Judge Fernando Mancias brought their own unique insights to our proceedings.
The ball’s success reflects the commitment of its co-chairs, board, and committee, including:
We invite you to continue this journey with us by supporting STLC. Your contribution is not just a donation; it’s an investment in a literate, empowered, and brighter future for all in South Texas.
StoryWalks® foster literacy, physical activity, and healthy living as they encourage individuals and families to engage in the outdoors while reading. Along with the health benefits of walking, there are many health benefits to being outside. The activities supported by StoryWalk® help foster discussions, creativity, discovery and comprehension skills.
The STLC has installed Little Free Libraries in South Texas with several more to come in the future. Established in 2012 with the vision of increasing book access and prompting literacy Little Free Library® has been a driving force in developing literacy-rich communities in over 100 countries in the world.
In partnership with Little Free Library®, the South Texas Literacy Coalition will install Little Free Libraries throughout South Texas to encourage literacy in communities. Go to our Little Free Library® page to find out how to partcipate.
Involvement with our South Texas communities wouldn’t be possible without the support of our volunteers and interns. Whether you’re looking to get more involved with the community or to complete service hours, consider volunteering with the STLC.
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Ease back into school by getting your home ready for the transition. Families will need to get back into the swing things.