Readers to Leaders
Reader to Leaders is a conference-wide appeal that was supported at the annual MI Conference in June. The mission committee is encouraging our congregation to support scholarships for children in Liberia and Michigan Conference Freedom Schools. If each church in Michigan can meet the goal of donating $600 over the next year, United Methodists in Michigan can support 100 Liberian students attending school from kindergarten through graduation and provide 100 children to attend multiple years of Freedom Schools. Lisa Batten, Coordinator of Young Adult Initiatives for The Michigan Conference, says, “The CDF Freedom Schools enhance children’s motivation to read and help connect their families with resources in the community.” Freedom Schools offer cultural learning as well as reading and tutoring, two meals a day, and a book for each student to take home every week. Batten says, “Many children actually make gains in learning over the summer, rather than summer learning loss.” Ashnee Young adds, “The Freedom Schools offer a community-centered program which cultivates esteem and encourages diverse representation in learning and literature to help the children discover their best learning potential.” Please donate as you are able on August 28 or throughout the year. Make sure to mark on your envelope or check “Readers to Leaders”.
Donate your GFS points or Elmer's Points:
Memorial UMC uses these points to offset grocery costs for projects like Bay Area Campus Ministry meals and Hope at the Inn meals. We currently have 73,824 Elmer's points.