CCM’s Summer Reading Program concluded its 6th year on August 11. For 6 weeks, 2 times a week, volunteers met and listened to a Chin elementary schooler (2nd - 5th grade) read to them, and help them understand the material they are reading. The program also included a middle school girls book club and boys soccer reading club that was highly attended each week.
On Tuesdays, students read about Flat Stanley with volunteers and even had the opportunity to create their own. The theme of our Flat Stanley project was “A Day at Work,” where the kids were able to see the day in the life of different careers from some of our volunteers, ranging from doctors, lawyers, coaches, and office workers. The kids were so excited to talk about, track, and write about their flat character's journey and adventures!
Thursdays were focused on reading comprehension where students read books of their choosing out loud for 10 minutes at a time to a volunteer who, in turn, asked them comprehension questions to ensure the reading was understood. Prizes were given at the end of the day for those that read for 60 minutes.
On the last day of the program, there were cupcakes, games, and a live dramatic performance from Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church's Stage Right Ministry—a great way to celebrate a wonderful summer of reading! On their way out, they were able to take a bundle of books home of their choosing.
“The CCM Summer Reading Program is essential tool to empower Chin students as they progress through school and life. This is one of our most important initiatives, and we are grateful for the support we receive from our volunteers and strategic partners to make it happen every year,” Becky Nelson, CCM Executive Director, said.
CCM would like to thank the more than 50 volunteers that volunteered more than 500 hours from 18 different churches and organizations. We would also like to thank the Flat Stanley volunteers for allowing him to accompany you on a day at work.
Special thanks to First Presbyterian Church of Lewisville for the use of their facilities; First United Methodist Church - Lewisville, TX Children’s Ministry for providing snacks for the kids; RockPointe Church of Flower Mound for board game prizes; and of course, Kristy Dean, who led and coordinated the program this year!
P.S. Kristy Dean will now be working with our newly expanded gang prevention soccer program and so we are looking for a new Reading Program Director. Please contact Becky Nelson at email@example.com if you have administrative gifts that God would have you use in this important program.