Edinburg Review Staff

Margot Durbin, assistant director of Edinburg’s Sekula Memorial Library, has been named treasurer of the South Texas Literacy Coalition.

The coalition was established in early 2008 to enhance learning opportunities for all of South Texas by ensuring all children and families have access to strong integrated literacy services and resources.

Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa was named president of the coalition, Dr. Dahlia Guerra, UTPA professor and dean, was named vice president, and Kristy de la Garza, a Valley classroom teacher, was named secretary of the group.

The South Texas Literacy Coalition is associated with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), a national program that distributes free books to school students.

As part of the ongoing efforts to increase South Texas children's access to print materials, the Coalition hopes to expand RIF into all schools in the Rio Grande Valley in the next few years. This year, 38 schools have been added to the RIF program, serving an additional 26,014 children throughout Region One Educational Service Center in South Texas.