Summer Reading Program to Begin Third Year

The summer reading program at West End United Methodist Church in action last year, 2022. Photo contributed.


The West End United Methodist Church summer reading program, now in its third year, continues to address the ongoing challenge of post-COVID learning loss among students in grades K-5.

The program’s focus remains on supporting literacy skills development, drawing on insights from the science of reading.

A local elementary teacher, equipped with certification in the LETRS science of reading curriculum, will play a crucial role in providing effective literacy instruction with the support of volunteers.

Additionally, support from the church and community members will contribute essential resources such as snacks and school supplies.

Operating under the name Fun in the Son, the free summer program spans four weeks from June 17 to July 18, running 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 

Each day begins with outdoor activities corresponding to the weekly theme, followed by snack time and group story sessions. Small group literacy instruction tailored to student needs comprises the core of the program, with opportunities for students to share their writing.

The day concludes with a final lesson and outdoor enrichment activities aligned with the theme, fostering a holistic learning experience. For example, activities during cooking week may involve preparing recipes in the kitchen, while gardening week offers opportunities for planting and harvesting in the church garden. 

Students also have the opportunity to read to a certified therapy dog every Thursday to practice their fluency skills and increase their reading confidence. 

The program is currently accepting applications now. A link to the online application is available through the event information at