3rd Annual Literacy Carnival

On Saturday, April 25, Fortress YDC hosted a youth literacy carnival sponsored by the Fort Worth Junior League and supported by volunteers from 6 different groups, including BYX from TCU, Legacy Church of Christ Young Professionals, Decatur Church of Christ, Longhorns for Christ, Gateway Church, and Junior League of Fort Worth. In addition to some of our neighbors in the community, 37 of our 46 Fortress families came out for a day of food, games and fun! Thanks to all of our awesome volunteers, families enjoyed hot dogs, chicken nuggets generously donated by Chick-fil-a Montgomery Plaza and hamburgers, lemonade and sno-cones - and that wasn't even the best part! Students got to play all sorts of games, like a "book" walk and digging for dinosaur eggs in the sand, to earn tickets. Kids also had the chance to earn 5 extra tickets by sitting down to have books read to them by our special guests, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth City Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray, Fort Worth Judge Lisa Woodard and Tarrant County Commissioner Roy Brooks. When they were ready, the kids brought those tickets to the book store, staffed by volunteers from the Fort Worth Junior League, where they got to go shopping for books to take home. With titles ranging from Babar and the Very Hungry Caterpillar to Goosebumps and the Hunger Games series, there was something for all ages and tastes. The kids went home with well over 100 books, along with shiny new bookmarks for all the reading they're going to do!