Church program helps kids to read

Aug. 09, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

A church in Oxford is recruiting trainers for a new program tackling literacy.

St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church will start its after-school literacy center Sept. 15.

The program targets elementary school students — with an emphasis on third-graders — who have trouble reading.

The Rev. John Heinemeier, pastor of the church, said they will work closely with C. G. Credle Elementary School, because it is the closest to them.

“The school is approaching families of students who are behind in reading to get them involved,” he said.

Students will get about 45 minutes of individual tutoring each day as part of the Augustine Literacy Project, a multi-sensory approach to learning for youths who struggle to read because of a lack of consistent exposure to print and rich vocabulary or English as a second language issues.

The learning initiative started in Chapel Hill and has been used in many public school systems over the last 15 years.

All volunteers will get about 70 hours of training in the teaching technique.

The after-school program will also include regular activities, such as arts and crafts and recreation, Heinemeier said.

Program director Brenda Lloyd said the church has secured teachers from all over the community, including the Oxford Rotary Club and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, an organization that finds advancement opportunities and part-time work for people older than 55 years old.

“We are excited about it and working now as we speak,” she said.

Heinemeier said the program will run for 30 weeks.

He said there is a fee for the program — $40 dollars per month — but the church is seeking scholarship assistance for every student.

“No one will be turned away because of money,” Heinemeier said.

The church recently received $2,500 from the Granville County Community Foundation to help defray costs.

Lloyd said they are still taking applications. For more information, call Heinemeier at (919) 493-4191.


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