Family Reading Bonds at Crawford Street UMC

12/9/2009

Family Reading Bonds at Crawford Street UMC

Crawford Street United Methodist Church in Vicksburg has been hosting Family Reading Bonds, a community outreach program sponsored by theMississippi Humanities Council. The six-week program began in September and ran through October. Elementary school students and their families who are enrolled at Good Shepherd Community Center were the primary participants. The Humanities Council provided the books, a storyteller, a discussion leader, and funding for childcare. Crawford Street provided the hospitality, the facility, legwork, dinner, and door prizes.
 
The purpose of Family Reading Bonds is to create within children a desire and love of reading, nurtured by their families. Each week, the families arrived and ate supper, along with the team and volunteers. Participants were then invited to take three or four books, all well-loved children's classics, grouped by theme: Dreams and Determination, Greed, Fairness, Courage, Cleverness, and Coping. A professional story teller and discussion leader worked with the families to discuss the books read during the week.  Afterward, all those present -- children and adults, participating families, and Crawford Street volunteers -- would act out the stories, dance, laugh, listen and discuss the important issues raised by these stories. At the end of the program each family will be given books of their own to keep. 
 
Family Reading Bonds has been a great blessing to Crawford Street UMC as yet another opportunity to open the church doors to the community and to share and celebrate in the joys of reading.

For more information contact Crawford Street UMC at 601.636.5612.You may also contact the David Morgan, Mississippi Humanities Council project coordinator for the program at 601.432.6204 or david@mhc.state.ms.us. You may also contact the discussion leader, Thom Coates at homcoates@yahoo.com, or the storyteller, Doris Jones at dorisfjones@bellsouth.net.