Holy Spirit Episcopal Church is committed to
reaching out in service to our neighbors and
friends in the community:
AFTER SCHOOL READING
Holy Spirit is blessed to be the home of
the Explore & Soar Reading Club. This is an after
school reading program for children in the first,
second and third grades.
Since 2008, we have helped children in
northern Kent County to improve their reading
level by an average of 1.25 years. Students
have come to us from Chandler Woods Charter
Academy, Comstock Park Public Schools, Sparta
Public Schools, and Rockford Public Schools.
They are recommended by their teachers after
the initial Fall reading assessments.
Our Reading Club is modeled on the YET program (Youth Education for Tomorrow) from Philadelphia, and the United Way's Schools of Hope program. It is free to the students and funded by grants, individual donations, and our own church members. We feel
this program is a very important part of our
mission, and it actually comes
under the umbrella of the Loaves & Fishes
Family Center, a non-profit organization created
by members of our church family. Many church
members support the Reading Club by volunteering
to listen to children read, providing snacks
and supplies, and through small donations of
can make a donation directly to Loaves & Fishes Family Center via PayPal.
You do not need to have a PayPal account --you can use your major credit card.
All contributions made through this link go directly to the Reading Club. Please
click on the Donate button, below:
You can also support the Reading Club through the AmazonSmile program. Click the link below:
If you have questions about the Reading
Club, or would like to volunteer, e-mail Mary Macomber by clicking HERE.
Click HERE to visit our Reading Club Facebook page!
To read about a May 2012 Reading club "field
trip" to read to horses:
COME GROW WITH US!
The Loaves & Fishes Community Garden:
vegetables harvested from our garden are donated
to the community through our food pantry.
Our congregation has "adopted" a road in
our neighborhood: a one-mile stretch of Pine
Island Drive running south from Post Drive to
Hayes Road. Volunteers pick up trash and debris
3 times a year, in April, July and September;
see the calendar on the
Calendar of Events page
for exact dates. We never know what we will