2017 Literacy Program

On July 14, 2017, a group of 25 students and teachers from the Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Reading Program, celebrated the end of their 6 week program by visiting Fiona, the newest addition at the Cincinnati Zoo! The kids had a wonderful (and educational!) time! They had plenty of pizza and ice cream to go along with their exciting trip! One little girl was reported as saying to her teacher, “This is the best day of my life!”

29 students had registered for the two Summer Reading classes, sponsored by Faith Alliance, that met for 6 weeks, at Union and Woodland Elementary Schools. The program, led by Jenni Muia and Cynthia Shropshire, both Lakota teachers, targeted 1st and 2nd graders from low-income homes that were in peril of not passing the 3rd grade reading guarantee. MAPP scores from the Spring and Fall will be used to see how well the children held Reading levels during the summer. Four college interns and one high school volunteer assisted with the program. Faith Alliance, in cooperation with Butler County Success and Lakota Schools, has administered the Reading Program for the past 3 years.

2017 zoo kids faces       zoon 2017 Fiona       zoo 2017 ice cream girls

Cynthia and her group zoo      2017 zoo Jenni and kids


2016 Literacy Program

The Faith Alliance Summer Lunch Literacy Program wrapped up 6 weeks of classes on July 13th and 14th with a Field trip to the Newport Aquarium!

30 at-risk Lakota students in first through third grade were accepted into the FREE Program to help with Reading skills as many students’ skills drop off in the summer. Children worked on all aspects of Reading, using fun, multi-sensory approaches including centers, computer time and morning message time.

The program was offered at two sites, feeding from the Summer Lunch Program residential sites: Woodland Elementary and Freedom Elementary Schools. Curriculum was planned and taught by contracted teachers with more than 50 years experience between them! Four college interns and one high school intern from Miami and Xavier University and Lakota East, assisted the teachers.

The Faith Alliance Literacy Program was made possible through a private grant as well as funds from The Community Foundation of West Chester and Liberty Township.

Whale pic Newport                           Boy wonderment Aquarium 2016

Taking a break at aquarium                           Joy of learning at aquarium

Reading students amazed and filled with wonder at the Newport Aquarium. Learning is fun!