Georgetown club celebrates reading program's first anniversary

Georgetown club celebrates reading program's first anniversary

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Georgetown Outreach Ministries is celebrating its first anniversary of the "Reading and Recreation" (R&R Night) program.

On Friday, September 5, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the celebration will begin at "The Splash Pad" at Ben Cooper Park on the corner of Prince and Lafayette Street in Georgetown.

In July of 2013, the Georgetown Town Outreach Inc. partnered with LadiezFirst Social Club to create R&R Night. The program provides a way to prevent children ages six to 13 occupied and out of the streets. R&R Night started as a summer program and transformed into a monthly event during the school year. 40 to 60 children attend.

In addition to R&R Night, the GOMI offers several programs dedicated to improving literacy in Georgetown County. Below is list of programs that the GOMI offers.

  • Georgetown Literacy Initiative: A program to address functional illiteracy in adults through one-on-one tutoring in basic literacy, ESL, dyslexia and GED preparation. Also works with GCSD to provide dyslexia tutor training to volunteers.
  • Freedom Readers: A structured once a week after school program for school age children that provides tutors, and teaches academic and personal development skills and offers a free meal.
  • Bright Blue Sea Bookshelves: - Places bookshelves at sites frequented by low income families (Helping Hands, DSS, GOMI's The Meeting Place, Laundromats) to provide reading material for children while their parents are occupied. Books from the bookshelves are provided to foster children monthly.
  • Reading and Recreation Night: A once a month evening program for school age children. See information below.
  • Provides children with educational and recreational activities one evening a month. Activities included include reading, movies, crafts, making cards with cancer survivors for cancer patients and veterans for active military, etc. Meals are provided.
  • Targets primarily at-risk children 6-13 who are who do not have regular opportunities to develop social skills in a leisure setting, and who need healthy activities to keep them off the streets. The monthly free evenings include rap sessions where the children talk and the adults listen. The children learn to communicate and to get along with each other. A snack is served. The children also are given books (supplied off the Bright Blue Sea Bookshelf) to build their own home libraries.
  • This is the only program in Georgetown (city) providing a regular opportunity for at-risk children to develop social and communication skills through recreational activities.

For more information, contact Sandy Jackson at sandy29440@yahoo.com.

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