United Methodist Church donates books to new babies

Written by Theresa Rose on January 6, 2016

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.”

In 2012, roughly one in four 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 fourth grade will eventually drop out of school, making them more likely to experience other hardships. The academic and economic futures of almost 90,000 young Iowans are at risk.

Iowa United Methodists are working to change their story, and locally the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant has joined the “Change a Child’s Story” ministry. Over the next two years, the church will give 2000 books and volunteer 2000 hours of reading to, or listening to children read, over the next two years. One of the locations that received a box of donated books was Henry County Health Center’s Maternity Services Department.

“The books will be given to parents of babies born at HCHC with the hope and intent that these parents will read to their children starting at an early age. The United Methodist Church is proud to partner with Henry County Health Center in a project that will provide the baby’s first book,” said United Methodist Church Rev. Deborah Stowers.