Calling all kids (and parents, grandparents, and mentors) … we have a mission for you this summer!
Mission: Reading is a simple project intended to accomplish a couple of things:
1) Give kids a way to help other kids in Springfield hear about Jesus and have great summer and afterschool programs to go to
2) (And this one is sneakier) Help kids read more over the summer
To get started, here are some FAQ’s and answers.
How does Mission: Reading work?
It’s pretty simple. Kids are challenged to set a goal of how many pages they think they can read in a summer, and then get people to sponsor them. Each week they can check in with the point person at church with how many pages they’ve read. There’s a bookmark to track their progress and their sponsors.
Where does the money raised go?
All the money kids raise will help other Springfield kids through Springfield Christian Youth Ministries (SCYM). It will fund programs for city elementary and middle school kids like Camp Boost Summer Reading Clubs, STARS Afterschool Programs, GirlPower, and Mentoring.
How much money should kids try to raise?
$25 helps support one kid for one month in the programs above, so that would be a great goal to shoot for. If kids are really ambitious, they can go for more. And if kids have trouble finding sponsors, SCYM will work to find sponsors for them, too. Oh, and SCYM is also working to find business sponsors to match whatever the kids raise, so the dollars they raise are doubled!
When is the money due?
August 31. You can turn it into your church point person in the envelope. Cash or checks are OK, just make checks payable to SCYM.
What age kids can be involved?
Really any age! Anyone who is excited about being involved is welcome to do it. Kids who can’t yet read themselves can have an adult read to them and count the pages.
I don’t have young kids; can I still be involved?
Yes! There are a few ways. You could help get your church involved (we’d be glad to get you all the materials you need.) You could sponsor a reader if you know one, or you could sponsor one or more through SCYM at $25 each. Or you could be a matching sponsor at $100, $250, $500 or $1,000, to help match the funds the kids are raising. To find out more about being a matching sponsor as an individual, church, or business, click here.
Can kids still do it if our church isn’t involved?
Sure! They can keep track of their progress themselves, or have an adult help them.
Will there be any fun prizes for kids who participate?
In October SCYM will be holding a really fun event called “Celebrate Kids!,” and we’re inviting all the kids who participated to come together (with their families) for a dinner, door prizes, games and fun activities. We’ll celebrate what our kids have done together to help others!
How do I get started?
You can find and print off everything you need to get started right now! There’s a bookmark for kids (we recommend printing it on card stock, but paper will work in a pinch), cards for kids to hand out to their sponsors, and an FAQ’s sheet which contains the information you just read. We’d also be glad to put a packet in the mail to you, if you email us at SCYMinistries@gmail.com.