Dear Houston Community

Dr. Finck stands with a few of the 560 children sponsored through My Home Library in March.

Dr. Finck stands with a few of the 560 children sponsored through My Home Library in March.

You've likely heard the saying "April showers bring May flowers." Did you know that it's origination has been traced as far back as the 1300s in the work of Geoffrey Chaucer's famous Canterbury Tales? The most common meaning depicts the science of the spring cycle-when the rain of April causes plants to produce flowers that we enjoy in May. There is another interpretation of the proverb that speaks to the value of patience and optimism in our lives-that turbulent or difficult times can often bring to bear happiness and joyful times.

It's been incredible to witness how many generous people have stepped up to serve as volunteers and contribute in meaningful ways to bring happiness and joyful times to those who are experiencing hard times in their lives because they do not have the requisite literacy skills. In fact, 1 in 5 Houston adults are functionally illiterate and 1 in 4 area 3rd-graders fail to meet minimum reading proficiency levels year after year, putting them at great risk of becoming a drop out.

Small acts of kindness and generosity can go a very long way in the life of someone in need. I invite you to join us in April to ensure that more children and families can enjoy the flowers of May by doing one of or more of the following things: (1) become a member of our Ladies for Literacy Guild or Young Professionals Group; (2) sponsor a home library for a disadvantaged child through My Home Library; or (3) attend the 23rd annual A Celebration of Reading on April 20th at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

Thank you for your support and for recognizing that you can make a meaningful difference in someone's life.

Happy Spring!

With warm regards,


Julie Baker Finck, Ph. D.