On June 21, 2016, Change a Child’s Story Initiative paired up with United Way of Central Iowa to host a Literacy Solstice Event.
From sunrise to sunset on the longest day of the year the United Way hosted events around Central Iowa to make literacy kits for kids and to read to kids in the Boys and Girls Club.
As part of the Bishop’s initiative, United Methodists from across Iowa were asked to volunteer to read to students in poverty during the 2016-17 school year.
In Des Moines, United Methodists were invited to a Literacy Solstice event at George Washing Carver Elementary School.
The room was overflowing and about 25 United Methodists from Central Iowa came to make the literacy kits and read to kids. Students were from the Boys and Girls Club that is housed inside the school. Many of the volunteers at the event will go on to volunteer their time this next school year with the Everybody Wins Program who organizes school mentor reading programs.