HEB Read 3, UTRGV College of Education and P-16 Integration partnered together to bring awareness and educate the Edinburg Housing Authority (EHA) residents about the importance of developing literacy, educational and nutritional skills.

From July 23 - 27, EHA youth residents from ages three to four in accompaniment of their parents attended activities offered by HEB Read 3 and UTRGV College of Education and P-16 Integration that were held at Albores Courts Community Center. Dr. Hermelinda Hesbrook, representative of HEB Read 3 and UTRGV’s Professor Dr. Criselda Garcia along with future teachers from the College of Education provided literacy classes to the youth residents and nutritional classes for the parents.

Within the five-day program, Dr. Criselda Garcia and UTRGV undergraduate students, held many activities for the youth residents such as: reading, painting, and arts and crafts activities. The children took home several bilingual books and school supplies provided by HEB Read 3 program that will be of great help for the upcoming school year.

Dr. Hermelinda Hesbrook guided and educated the parents about the nutrition and importance of having healthy habits for themselves and their families. The parents took home healthy meal recipes provided by HEB Read 3 representative for each day that they attended. On the last day of the program, children received a certificate of recognition for their hard work and the parents prepared a nutritional desert for everyone.

“They(parents) can learn how to identify nutritional values in the meals and they can also see the value of reading and developing these literacy skills before the kids start school,” Dr. Criselda Garcia said.

Thanks to EHA Literacy Coordinator Araceli Porras, who recruited and encouraged the residents to be part of this program, families were able to benefit on literacy and nutritional education.

EHA is very grateful for the partnership between HEB Read 3 and UTRGV College of Education and P-16 Integration that has offered many advantages to their residents; the agency will continue to bring more opportunities to encourage self-sufficiency to the residents in hopes to better their quality of lives.