Church launches summer reading program

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West Nash United Methodist Church is launching Passport to Reading, a program to enhance reading skills, reverse summer reading loss and foster a lifelong love of reading.

This program begins Thursday and runs through July 20, and will serve about 30 rising first- and second-graders from Wells Elementary School.  

Passport to Reading is co-directed by Fay Agar and Lori Snyder, with the help of more than 20 volunteers, including active and retired teachers. Creative activities beyond the classroom will include tumbling and gymnastics with Patricia Bradshaw, owner of Studio B Dance Studio in Wilson; art and KidFit with Demetrius Smith, Nash County elementary art teacher; and music with Cory Whaley, music director at West Nash UMC.

Bradshaw, Smith and Whaley, as well as all involved in the program, are volunteering their time for this initiative.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to partner with Wells Elementary in helping empower and inspire these bright children, that they may be all that God has created them to be,” said the Rev. Tuck Taylor, pastor of West Nash United Methodist.

This is the first year the Passport to Reading program has been offered, but Taylor says West Nash hopes to offer it again next summer and volunteers look forward to continuing a partnership with Wells Elementary throughout the school year.