Sarah Book Publishing is proud to announce they participated in Festiba 2013.
Festiba is an annual event dedicated to the arts and reading sponsored by the Universityof Texas - Pan American in Edinburg, TX.
"For decades, working in the fields was more important than going to school for many of our Valley residents (my wife and her family are typical of this - and great examples), but as farming became more mechanized that trend began to change. Yes, there are still a lot of families who travel all over the country to harvest produce, and some to work in the seasonal industries and other business related to agriculture, construction and other areas of our economy. But the percentage of those workers are diminishing as they age and their children and grandchildren gain educations and find careers in other fields," said Roger Young, Author Relations/Systems Supervisor, Sarah Book Publishing.
-The UTPA College of Arts and Humanities created FESTIBA with the goal of increasing South Texas children`s interest and appreciation for reading to better prepare them for secondary and postsecondary education.
-FESTIBA was modeled after UTPA`s Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week, a leadership program that aims to increase the participation rates of Hispanics in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
-Located in the southernmost tip of Texas, the Rio GrandeValley has a population that is 90% Hispanic, representing 2.5% of the total U.S. Hispanic population. FESTIBA is the perfect venue to reach out to the fastest growing ethnic group in the country.
-Through their participation in FESTIBA, the South Texas Literacy Coalition seeks to enhance learning opportunities for all of South Texas.
-For the fourth year in a row, the Texas Book Festival, in partnership with FESTIBA, will bring 8 to 10 visiting authors to the Rio GrandeValley with the "Reading Rock Stars" program and the participation of visiting children`s authors.
-One of the nation`s oldest and largest nonprofit children`s literacy organization, Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is a vital FESTIBA partner. During FESTIBA, the partnership distributes more than 300,000 books to students in grades PreK-6 at local South Texas schools.
FESTIBA 2013 not only seeked to reduce the deficient literacy rates of Hispanics at the regional and national level, but also to benefit South Texas through events that introduce insightful ideas and creativity. In doing so, FESTIBA aspires to promote a college going culture and preserve the musical and artistic heritage of the region.
For More Information: http://www.utpa.edu/festiba/
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