Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Project Transformation helps more than 400 children maintain, improve reading levels

9/6/2019

More than 400 students across the state maintained or improved their reading levels over the summer through the collaborative work of Project Transformation.

Project Transformation engages young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, supports children in holistic development, and connects churches with communities through reading programs and other educational activities.

“I’ve had the opportunity to care for the cutest, sweetest, and most difficult children I have ever known. I’ve cared for team members, when life has thrown its toughest challenges at them, and the people of PT have cared for me, even more than what I felt I deserved at times,” said John Mark Foster, who has served as an AmeriCorps member with PT for four years. “Project Transformation gives me hope for myself, our community, and for the world, and I am so proud and honored to be a part of it.”

This year alone:

  • 8 local churches across the state served as Project Transformation sites;
  • Dozens of partner churches offered support through financially sponsoring a child or young adult, serving meals, or providing volunteers for the program;
  • 47 AmeriCorps Members spent their summer serving as camp leaders;
  • 531 volunteers serving 9,855 hours as reading, kitchen, and field trip volunteers;
  • More than 38,000 meals were served; and
  • More than 13,000 books were read.

Out of all 447 children served, 98 percent maintained their reading levels, and 76 percent improved their reading level.

“As humans, it’s our calling to take care of one another and to lift each other up,” Foster said. “And after four summers of service, I truly think that taking care of one another is what Project Transformation is all about.”

Learn more about Project Transformation at projecttransformation.org/oklahoma.

 

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