Partners, volunteers made summer literacy program successful

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I want to thank Pastor Tuck Taylor-Loveland and West Nash United Methodist Church for hosting a Summer Literacy Program serving elementary school children in our community.

West Nash UMC was one of 12 United Methodist churches across the state selected to receive a grant from the Duke Endowment to offer this program to help prevent the “summer slide,” enhance children’s reading skills and emphasize the importance of reading in all aspects of learning. Thank you, West Nash UMC, for the opportunity to serve as the site director for the six-week program serving 20 rising first and second grade children and to see firsthand the good works of the staff and volunteers who provided a meaningful learning experience for the children.

The program would not have been as successful without the support of volunteers, including more than 35 West Nash United Methodist Church members who volunteered in many ways, some volunteering every day. Thank you to the volunteers who served as substitute teachers, helped with reading and testing, afternoon enrichment activities, transportation, delivering and serving meals, cleaning up, being a friendly face, mentoring and chaperoning field trips. Thank you to The SPOT for providing the delicious meals for breakfast and lunch.

I want to thank the leadership team of Pastor Tuck, Sonya Griffin, Theresa Baker, Jessica Ward, Marilyn Glover, Leigh Ann Holland, Abigail Williams, Vielka Givens, Lori Snyder, Grayson Dye, Jana Fields, Cory Whaley, Dave Allgood and Terry Corle.

Thank you, Duke Endowment, West Nash UMC members, Wilson County Schools, N.C. Department of Public Instruction, staff, volunteers and parents for coming together to support this important learning opportunity for children in our community.

Mary Ellen Bass

Elm City