One million books and a million hours of reading with children—that’s the goal of Iowa United Methodists in the next two years.
* In 2012, roughly 1 in 4 Iowa fourth-graders scored below a proficient level on the state reading test. Research indicates that a quarter of kids who are behind in reading by the 4th grade will eventually drop out of school, making them more likely to experience other hardships, including jail time.
*55%–Iowa children under age six whose low-income parents don’t have a high school diploma.
*86% of children with parents who didn’t graduate from high school live in low-income families.
*61% of children in poverty don’t have children’s books at home.
St. Tims is already collecting & donating new books that are given to children 6 months – 5 years old at their well-child checkups at People’s Health Clinic. We also are collecting and donating gently-used books to the Clinic to be used in the waiting rooms and exam rooms. So far we have donated 325 books, and hope that we can continue this service with your unselfish donations in the tub outside the Missions closet.
St. Tims folks are encouraged to look for ways to read to/with children—your own children & grandchildren, your children’s friends, your neighborhood school, where they are always looking for volunteers to read to or with children. Please notify the Missions team of the minutes/hours spent in reading so it can be reported to UMC headquarters. You can also fill out a volunteer report form on the information table in the Great Hall and return it to the office.