“Who would have thought 3 years ago when we did a little literacy pilot that 3 years later we would have this awesome partnership with Butler County Success and Lakota Schools, plus have 2 excellent Lakota teachers working on this program,” commented Denise Chambers, Advocate for the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Literacy Program. The goal of the program is to provide at-risk early childhood readers, with a FREE, multi-sensory Summer Reading Program, enabling students to practice and develop their reading skills to prevent summer reading loss especially common in struggling readers from economically challenged families.
Three years ago, through an anonymous donor, the Summer Lunch Literacy pilot program was offered at four of the Summer Lunch sites in Lakota. One of the sites was Woodland Elementary and the other 3 sites were residential communities. What was learned during the initial pilot was that the environment and attendance was much better at the school site and was more conducive to learning. So in year 2 and 3, the program was moved to only school sites, last year using Woodland and Freedom Elementaries and this year using Woodland and Union Elemantaries. This summer, the program will run for 6 weeks beginning June 5th on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10am to noon. Transportation will be provided from 3 of the summer lunch sites served by the Summer Lunch Partnership. A fun field trip for good attendance will be used as incentive for students.
The Faith Alliance is blessed to partner with Butler County Success and Lakota Schools to make this Literacy Program a reality. The two talented lead teachers, Jenni Muia and Cynthia Shropshire, have over 50 years teaching experience between them. Four college interns with elementary education majors have also been hired to assist plus some local teens will volunteer in the classrooms.
The 2017 Literacy Program is made possible through funding provided by an anonymous donor, The Rotary Club, The Caring Community Collaborative (C3) and The Presbytery of Cincinnati. If you would like to get involved as a volunteer, donate funds or donate new or gently used books for our Summer Lunch/Literacy Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, go on-online to www.thefaithallinace.org or mail a check to Faith Alliance, PO Box 806, West Chester, OH 45071. Put “literacy project” in the memo.
Students have fun doing hands-on activities at the Reading Program class as well as the Newport Aquarium field trip.