"...reading is like a TV in your head."

This summer we were excited to offer Project 24, our first ever summer reading program.

Thanks to funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation our program was in operation three days a week for eight weeks beginning June 14th and ending on August 4th. That means each student was able to participate in at least 24 hours of staff-supervised reading instruction and practice over the course of the summer.

We were also able to offer a lunch program in conjunction with Project 24, which provided at least 240 meals - prepared and served at the First United Methodist Church of Greenville - over the course of the summer. The church made lunch available to over 10 students per day.

Garden Project Update

The Garden Project that began with tilling and planting this spring will continue to bless The Simple Room with a harvest of fresh vegetables through the fall.

This has been one of the most exciting programs for our kids to participate in year-round as they experience what it means to plant a seed, care for it by watering and weeding, and celebrate when they are finally able to enjoy its produce.

(Below: Joey holding up a cherry tomato he picked from the garden. Project 24 and other summer programming participants snacked on these and other vegetables all summer-long.)