Read and Feed

Sunrise UMC has joined a collaborative effort with Fuquay-Varina UMC, First UMC of Fuquay-Varina, and other groups to form the Fuquay-Varina Community Read and Feed program! Sunrise members serve as tutors and provide meals to share God’s love with students of Lincoln Heights Elementary School and their families.

The Read and Feed model was developed in 2007 (by Sunriser Jan Frantz!) with the mission of “giving kids an appetite for reading” by strengthening literacy skills and providing encouragement in a nurturing environment. The concept is to combine a child-friendly atmosphere, books, food, and tutors to motivate children to become confident in their academic skills so they have every opportunity to succeed in adult life. Read and Feed provides the training and resources for tutors and students.

The three churches plus Lincoln Heights Elementary School are sharing the partnership involving over 50 community volunteers, serving approximately 20 children each semester, that have been identified by the school. When children can’t read, they tend to be less engaged and interested in the classroom. They may feel embarrassed, angry, and frustrated. Statistics show that 88% of children who attend a Read and Feed program have improved reading attitude or confidence and teachers report that their discipline improves and they do their homework.

Would you be interested in helping with this ministry, either by serving as a regular tutor, a substitute tutor, or by serving meals? Please contact Ryan Brummeyer (ryanbrummeyer@gmail.com) for more information, or go to the Read and Feed website at readandfeed.org.