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Spread the Wealth with Steinbeck

* Free Books * Financial Literacy * The Grapes of Wrath *

You are invited to a unique event pairing financial literacy and one of the greatest American authors-John Steinbeck. This event will provide you with an opportunity to learn more about financial literacy and an exciting literary event that is happening in our community, The Big Read. You will receive a new copy of The Grapes of Wrath to participate in this community-reading event, fill a bag with books donated by Half Price Books, and all we ask is that you bring a canned food item to donate to the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

What is The Big Read?

The Big Read is a nation-wide community event sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts. Texas Wesleyan University has received a grant to bring The Big Read to Fort Worth, and has chosen to read the classic, The Grapes of Wrath. February 29th, The Big Read of Fort Worth will kick off at the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Many of our students may struggle from financial hardships like the Joad family in the book, and we realize that a strong financial education can aid in making the most of these tough times.

Tuesday, February 28th come hear speaker Al Godoy, from First Command Educational Foundation followed by a demonstration of Aztec's Financial Literacy software.

Please bring a canned food item for donation to the Tarrant Area Food Bank. You will receive a free copy of The Grapes of Wrath to participate in The Big Read. There will be a brief discussion on the book. If you would like to re-acquaint yourself with the book there is a discussion guide at The Big Read website. We will also have more than 600 books suitable for children and adults to give away so BYOB (bring your own bags). And as always, refreshments will be served.


When: Tuesday, February 28th - 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: Baker Building at Texas Wesleyan University
1301 Wesleyan Street
Fort Worth, TX 76105
Corner of Rosedale and Wesleyan Streets
Use the parking lot North of the Baker Building along Wesleyan St.

What: Financial Literacy Training with lots of FREE books
Introduction to The Big Read including a book discussion

Bring: A canned food item to donate to the Tarrant Area Food Bank and
BYOB (bring your own bags) for the book give-away!

Receive: A new copy of The Grapes of Wrath and lots of free books

RSVP via email by Friday, February 24th.

About Al Godoy

Albert "Al" Godoy, is the Senior Programs Manager with First Command Educational Foundation. Al is a Certified Personal Finance Counselor and has an M.B.A. and a B.S. in General Engineering. He has extensive experience in training and development and human resources management in private industry and has taught at the higher education level. In the area of training and development, Al has managed a training department and has facilitated management and supervisory development programs. He has been certified as a facilitator/instructor by Development Dimensions International (DDI) and Zenger-Miller.

About First Command Educational Foundation

First Command Educational Foundation exists to educate those who serve. FCEF is passionately committed to ensuring individuals, at all stages of their life, have the knowledge and skills to make informed, intelligent decisions about their financial future. FCEF has worked tirelessly to provide and promote education as the foundation of a productive society through scholarships and financial literacy education. They desire to become a nationally recognized leader in providing high quality financial literacy and by supporting the pursuit of higher education.

About The Big Read

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. It provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. It includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature and an extensive website providing comprehensive information

About Aztec Financial Literacy Software

Aztec's Financial Literacy software teaches the student how to manage their finances through an online software technology. The student will work through pre-tests, assigned modules, practice games, and post-tests that are presented in a simple yet engaging format. It has been designed for the adult learner in the ABE, GED, or ESL context. The Tarrant Literacy Coalition has been given a limited subscription to this technology and we may be able to make it available to some of your students.

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