Project 24 Support-A-Reader

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We are preparing for our FIFTH annual summer reading program, which we offer to students in Kindergarden through Eighth grade. The program is titled “Project 24,” because it operates three days a week for eight weeks. Each student receives three hours of reading instruction per week, or 24 hours of instruction over the course of the summer. We also challenge students to log 24 hours of individual or partner reading.

Our goal is to support 65 Students funded by $65 over 65 days. All gifts of $65 will help a local child participate in our summer reading program.

We are passionate about helping our students become lifelong readers, but we won’t be able to do it without your help. There are critical ways that you can help us. First, we need volunteers. We enroll a maximum of 65 students in Kindergarden through Eighth grade, and we divide them into three age groups. Each age group includes about 10-20 students, who meet from 9:00 AM till 1:00 PM, three times a week. We aim to have the highest possible ratio of volunteers to students. We need at least 15 committed volunteers to come along our staff. Will you please consider volunteering your time to read with our students this summer? Volunteers can also teach art and games, read with students, or help with preparing and serving lunch. If you have even a few hours of free time each week, you can make a difference this summer.

September 2013 Newsletter

“The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face to shine upon you.”

Dear Friends,

We feel like the Lord has blessed The Simple Room this past month, and His face is certainly shining upon us. We moved into a new school year with bright colors on our walls and new carpeting and tile on our floors. We were able to do some minimal up-dates to our building thanks to many volunteers, a generous contractor, and an adjustment to line items in our budget. After being closed for a couple of weeks, our boys and girls were surprised to return and see the transformation.

Words from Our Director

"The Simple Room open house in August was a huge success with many old friends and donors attending. Programming for our boys and girls started early in September. Currently we have about fifty students enrolled with the number growing each day. Students are welcome Monday through Friday to participate in a variety of activities. We are excited and humbled that our largest enrollment in programming involves church activities. Several community churches have lovingly welcomed our students into their youth programs, and we are providing the transportation on Wednesdays and Sundays. It has been a blessing to see the children seek the Lord and to see Him continually revealed to our students and staff alike. We are providing tutoring, art, dance and a Bible study group for boys and another for girls at The Simple Room. Mentoring is always an overflow in all we do.

We appreciate your financial and prayer support. Please know what a blessing you are to our children." - Jamie Harling