Our district is preparing to host a literary feast for the community of Sullivan City as Benavides and Sam Fordyce Elementary invite everyone to be a part of La Joya ISD’s first-ever Fall Literacy Tertulia this coming Tuesday, December the 13th. Much like a Mexican Tardeada, a TERTULIA is a social gathering where people celebrate a common interest, in this case – READING!

Based on a recent study conducted by Easter Seals, findings indicated that pre-school students from Sullivan City and the miles (in Western Hidalgo County) were starting school lacking basic reading skills that are essential to a child’s first years of education.

“When we caught wind of this study, immediately we knew that involving the community with our school district was fundamental in preparing all of our students to be ready for school,” stated Ms. Alma Salinas, Director of the Library Media and Textbook Department at La Joya ISD. “… and so our goal is to motivate parents to read at home to their children and to encourage literacy within their families, neighbors and the community as a whole,” Salinas added.

The Fall Literacy Tertulia will serve as the perfect opportunity to bring the community together in one place to distribute free books to the families who are most in need.

Along with book giveaways, the entire space will be transformed into a world that stimulates the love of reading with activities such as puppet shows, theatre productions, and read-alouds. Also, every student from both Benavides and Fordyce Elementary will receive a voucher that guarantees them a free book. This to ensure that every student from the Sullivan City area has a book at home to read during the holiday break and for the rest of the school year. Students not attending either of the two schools will also obtain free books to take home and enjoy.

La Joya ISD invites everyone in the community to come out and enjoy an afternoon with tons of books and surrounded by the many sights, smells and sounds of a traditional fiesta Mexicana. Book clubs from across the school district will partake in the celebration as they fundraise with a variety of food booths available to attendees.

Let us make you feel like you were spending the evening in the Plaza del Pueblo with your family and mark your calendars to be a part of La Joya ISD’s Fall Literacy Tertulia.