Summer Enrichment Time (SET) demonstrates “Love in Action” by United Methodist Women. During this summer experience for children, UMW partners with Hampton Elementary School to prevent the loss of reading skills over the summer while building relationships with the children.
At the close of 2016 SET, Thyais Maxwell, principal at Hampton Elementary School, stated, “It’s the best thing that has ever happened to these kids.” This spring, she expressed the need to expand SET from two to three weeks and add more students who will not have an opportunity to do “much of anything” this summer, resulting in a significant loss of reading skills and educational stimulation. In response, UMW committed to sponsoring this year’s SET for three weeks, from July 10-27, for about 50 students. In order to make SET a success, UMW seeks volunteers from Christ UMC, including our middle school youth, who work with SET during the Junior High Mission Experience.
Betty Parker, a SET reading volunteer, said, “For me it is a double blessing, because I get to work with some students I know in a new fun setting. It's like VBS with the emphasis on building reading skills: songs, games, crafts, activities all related to non-fiction books to build academic vocabulary.” The kids are happy because they are with familiar teachers, as well as Christ Church youth and adults, who are intentionally spending time with them.
When we celebrated the last day, the parents were so appreciative of their children being given the opportunity to learn over the summer. Thyais Maxwell concluded, “It kept them highly engaged in fun, structured literacy based activities that they may not ordinarily experience.”
“I enjoy sharing my love of reading with first and second graders in a learning environment that is stimulating and fun. It creates enthusiasm for reading,” said Betsy Schiller, a volunteer.
What is needed to make these 3 weeks a success is YOU! Our middle school youth will be of great help the week of July 10-13. From July 17-20 and July 24-27, volunteers are needed from 9am-10am to work with small groups of children in reading centers. Additionally, about four volunteers are needed to help with enrichment activities from 10am to 12:30pm each day. You may volunteer for an hour, a day, or several days—whatever works for you! No particular skills are needed, and all activities are planned.
I promise it will be a rewarding experience and worth the drive to Hampton Elementary School. The children always ask, “Are you coming back?” They will make you feel special while showing Love in Action. If you would like to contribute to the success of this UMW mission, please make your checks to CUMC UMW.
—Carolyn McKinney, UMW President
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Carolyn McKinney (336-638-8682; firstname.lastname@example.org).