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Summer Fun Book Club

This summer H2H sponsored a Summer Fun Book Club at Ashley Elementary School.  On Wednesdays, the school campus was filled with the smiles of happy children and dedicated volunteers.

For eight Wednesdays, beginning in June, volunteers greeted children who came for the Summer Lunch Feeding Program in Ashley’s cafeteria.  With the support of many wonderful volunteers, along with the cooperation of the Ashley staff, not only did the children receive a hot meal, but they also participated in a variety of literacy activities, received gift books to take home, visited the Forsyth County Public Library’s Bookmobile, and read with volunteers!

What st arted out last winter as a Friday afternoon backpack delivery of weekend food for 51 needy children at Ashley has miraculously expanded into providing literacy support to help feed young minds – as well as bodies!  Children who received backpacks during the school year also continued to receive them over the summer!  In addition to this part of the H2H program, special thanks go to many families from the Ardmore Community – and beyond – who donated books for the children to take home from “Book Club.” 

Twenty volunteers committed their time and energy to read with children each Wednesday, concluding with a celebration on August 22nd to thank everyone for making this summer’s “Book Club” A HUGE SUCCESS! Pizza for over 200 guests was donated by Ardmore United Methodist Church’s Mission Team, local businesses contributed supplies, and a fun party atmosphere welcomed back the Ashley staff!  We all celebrated with the Book Club children, their parents and family members, volunteers, day care providers and preschoolers, bus drivers, and many more! What a grand ending to a wonderful summer of sharing books, promoting reading and literacy experiences, and enjoying smiles.

  • Over 1,000 books were collected and have already been put into the hands of 500-600 children.
  • Over 160 individual children participated, including more than 40 preschoolers and more than 20 middle schoolers. Ages ranged from 2-16.
  • We registered 101 children and many of them came to four or more of the eight sessions.

We celebrate the success of the summer reading program through which over 100 kids discovered that we care about them and that reading is still a fun and powerful means to discover new things. 

We will continue the program next summer.  We are considering an additional program of a intense reading camp to target specific reading skills deficiencies for certain children. 

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