Saturday, September 26, 2020

 New program focuses on improved literacy for children 

with book event

     St. John’s Lutheran Church is launching a new mission with The R.E.A.D. Team, which stands for “Read Early And Daily.” Inspired by the "Talking is Teaching" program through Livingston Educational Services Agency (LESA), team members have been trained as Trusted Messengers and gained enthusiasm and understanding on the importance of children being strong readers by grade three. 

    “We see this opportunity to encourage reading and provide good books as our Christian mission to love our neighbors,” said Pastor Diane Greble. “It ties right in with our biblical mission, ‘Teach children in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not turn from it’ (Proverbs 22:6). Since we are people of the Book, we read. And in reality, people succeed and lead in life when they read well. We are looking forward to many opportunities to share with our neighbors.”

     The R.E.A.D. Team is launching its first event on Saturday, October 3 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. It is geared toward young children, up to grade three. It will take place in the parking lot of St. John’s Lutheran Church, at the corner of Church Street and Maple Street, one block south of Grand River Avenue. 

     Face coverings and physical distancing will be required as children receive a copy of “Curious George Apple Harvest” and more. The story will also be shared in a storytime fashion and offer an opportunity for a short event to enjoy. Similar events are planned for November and December.

     Materials are limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. As this program grows, more events and opportunities will be shared with the community. If you have questions, please call the church office at 517-223-9108.

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