Mazomanie United Church of Christ’s mission focus is on literacy. The focus on literacy and reading is a reminder of how important it is to develop the skill of reading. Studies estimate that up to one in four children in the U.S. are unable to read at their grade level, and if they lack the skills to read proficiently at the fourth grade level, they probably won’t catch up. Estimates are that one in five adults are not able to read at a fourth grade level.
As adults reading and comprehending is key to daily functioning, from reading a prescription label, a paycheck, or lease agreement, etc. The impact on the individuals, their families, and society is great.
It is never too late to get help with literacy skills.
It is never too early to develop literacy skills.
Start at birth, “learning begins at birth, and it is important for children to be engaged in storytelling and interacting with the written word through books.” says Aubrey Bourgeois, at Reading is Fundamental. Whether babies and toddlers are listening to your voice, soaking up the language, focusing on the pictures, or turning the pages, they are learning the basics. Positive connections are being formed to reading and learning.
Mazomanie UCC donates new books to Sauk Prairie Health Care Birthing Center so that each newborn receives a board book and a storybook in the gift bag the family takes home from the hospital. Funding to purchase the books is raised at bake sales, brat fry’s, and with a grant from Healthy Lifestyle’s from the Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation. The Sauk Prairie Literacy Council provides pamphlets about “Growing Wisconsin Readers” to accompany the books.
Recently, members of Mazomanie UCC delivered 100 board books to the Birthing Center staff. The Birthing Center averages over 350 births a year. Mazomanie UCC appreciates the opportunity to partner with the Birthing Center and the staff to provide ‘first books’ and encourage reading that starts at birth
At 7:00 PM Wednesday the 19th of September, there will be a meeting of the Mazomanie UCC Board at the church.