What is Change A Child's Story?
One million books and a million hours of reading with children – that’s the goal of Iowa United Methodists in the next two years in a new initiative called, “Change a Child’s Story.”
Over 150 books are handed to youth ages P through Middle School at Trick or Treat.
Nearly twenty percent of Iowa’s United Methodist churches have already committed to the effort. More than 1000 books have been collected and individual and organizational partnerships are already forming.
Some 1600 lay and clergy, representing Iowa Conference’s congregations and their 175,000 members, unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed the effort to make a difference in the lives of Iowa children at the recent statewide meeting,
In 2012, roughly 1 in 4 Iowa fourth-graders scored below proficient level on the state reading test. Research indicates that a quarter of kids who are behind in reading by the 4th grade will eventually drop out of school, making them more likely to experience other hardships, including jail time. The academic and economic futures of almost 90,000 young Iowans are at risk.