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Upcoming Event: Loteria for Literacy

Join us for a fun-filled Loteria Extravaganza on June 23rd!

Get ready for an evening of excitement, delicious concessions, fabulous prizes, raffles, and a costume contest for both adults and children! Dress up as your favorite Lotería character and show off your creativity! This event isn’t just about having a great time—it’s also for a good cause! All proceeds will go towards buying more books for our community, helping to foster a love for reading and learning among our youth.
Bring the whole family for a perfect evening of laughter, games, and giving back. Let’s make memories together while supporting our community! See you there!

Date: June 23rd

Time: 2:00 – 5:00pm

$25 per ticket – CashApp – $STXLC


Location: 123 Mark S. Peña Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539

Loteria For Literacy

A Special Thanks:

The Catrina Ball - A Night of Literacy Champions and Cultural Richness

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:

  • Co-Chairs: Dr. Sylvia Sanchez-Garza and Rocio Villalobos
  • Interim Director: Dr. Ida Garza
  • Board Members: Kendra de La Garza (President), Maria Elena Ovalle (Treasurer), Dr. Dahlia Guerra (President-Elect), Nora Galvan, Karen Rodriguez, Karla Rodriguez, Christina DeMara
  • Committee Members: Joshua Benavides, Alexis Lazos
  • Through community partnerships, we strive to elevate literacy, family involvement, and lifelong learning in the Region One Education Service area. We collect data, engage volunteers, and implement programs that speak to the literacy needs of our community.

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.

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Our sponsors and in-kind contributors played a critical role in the success of this gala, and we are profoundly grateful for their support:


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.


Help support the STLC - Donate

While the STLC does not accept donations of gently used books, we greatly appreciate monetary support!
$1, $5, or even $10 go a long way in helping continue to advocate, support and implement its mission.

Little Free Library®

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. 

Get Involved

Volunteers are the Lifeblood of the STLC

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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Family, Food and Fun

It is essential to teach our young learners and readers about the importance of fueling their bodies with healthy food.

Social Skills

Teaching a Social Skill helps learners set goals for themselves and build positive relationships with peers.

Easing Back Into School

Ease back into school by getting your home ready for the transition. Families will need to get back into the swing things.

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