One of our new projects this summer is providing books to elementary students during their break. We know that success in reading is essential to success later in life! So we endeavored to provide at risk kids with great books for them to take home and keep.
The first sequence in this summer program was to give all 83 ELL (English Language Learner) students from Frances Willard Elementary, in Rock Island, a 5-book pack complete with a summer reading tracker and activity sheets. We were amazed as we packed these books!
As we placed name stickers on each bag we noticed so many names that were hard to pronounce. We realized that these kids had come to our community from all over the world! What a joy to see these children from so...
Two facts have led to this new program idea for 2015. First, it is a fact that reading skills can easily fade during the summer break. Second, one of the leading predictors of reading success is the quantity of accessible reading materials a child has in the home. In conjunction with Frances Willard and Rock Island Academy Elementary Schools in Rock Island, we plan to help kids keep reading this summer!
Students with reading challenges from these two elementary schools in Rock Island will be selected to receive a bag of new books before they leave school for the summer. We are purchasing books from the Scholastic Summer Book Program at reduced prices and also get additional materials. In the middle of the summer, these students...
What do you get when dozens of kids come together with dozens of adults and books during Spring Break? The answer is a fun and successful Reading Camp.
During March 18-20, we converged on the property of Calvary International Revival Church to work with the kids of their church and community on reading skills. And what would a camp be without great snacks, singing, and laughter. Thanks for everyone who helped with the Reading Camp in March.
Here are some of the numbers.
Over 30 students participated
218 books were read
Almost 33 combined reading hours by the students
Plus, 27 volunteers helped during the camp. They represented at least 4 different churches, two different school groups, and many oth...
Thanks to many partners, our third year of assisting schools during testing time has been a success. Two local schools, Rock Island Academy and Frances Willard elementary schools, were helped with packed pencil boxes and snacks for testing time. In addition, 91 teacher and staff appreciation bags were packed to hand out to all the staff at the two schools. Thank you for your support and donations that allowed us to deliver:
432 packed pencil boxes with pencils, erasers, tissue, mints, and hand wipes.
We are excited about the future of The Love-Hope Project. From simple beginnings, we started with just the desire to spread love and build hope among people living in vulnerable curcumstances. We dreamed of building a network of leaders and churches that impacted communities with practical demonstartions of love and serve both locally and globally.
We started by supporting orphan and bulnerable children in a little billage in Zambia, Africa. We now help over 40 children with school tuition, school uniforms, school supplies, food and medical care. In August of 2014 we were able to provide funds for a well to provide clean water for the entire village that had been previously drinking from a dirty pond!