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Change a Child's Story

One million books and a million hours of reading with children – that’s the goal of Iowa United Methodists in the next two years through “Change a Child’s Story.”  

The academic and economic futures of almost 90,000 young Iowans are at risk.
*In 2012, roughly 1 in 4 Iowa fourth-graders scored below proficient level on the state reading test. 
*Research indicates that a quarter of kids who are behind in reading by the 4th grade will eventually drop out of school, making them more likely to experience other hardships, including jail time. 
*55% - Iowa children under age six whose low-income parents don’t have a high school diploma.
*86% of children with parents who didn’t graduate high school live in low-income families.
*61% of children in poverty don’t have children’s books at home.

Sadly, Iowa’s kids are not all developing the reading skills they need for success. We can help by collecting quality children’s books and giving them to children, and spending some time reading to or with children.

We will be partnering with Lincoln School and FirstKids by providing quality books and quality reading time for the children. Together, we can change the story of children in our community and neighborhood. Although the details are still being worked out with the leadership and teachers in these schools, we are being proactive by collecting funds for new books and by asking our church members to let us know if they are interested in reading with kids when the opportunities come.

Do you have fond memories of your favorite children’s book? We have a source to purchase children’s books at a significant discount. Use the “Change a Child’s Story” offering envelopes from the display to donate to this.  Your monetary donations will be matched 100% through the Ione Zach Endowment for Missions!

Do you have fond memories of a parent, grandparent, or favorite teacher who read aloud to you? Sign up on the clipboard at the display and we will contact you when you can share the love of reading with children at Lincoln Elementary, FirstKids Preschool, or with children in our church.