Tuesday was the kickoff for the Summer Enrichment Program of the West Yadkin Missional Network. Church vans will transport nearly half of the children who enter the first grade to sixth grade to Yadkinville UMC for half-day activities Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 13. Some 65 are enrolled.
Children will be provided lunch after each session and a bag of groceries will be available for them to take home on Thursdays.
Church vans from Boonville, Yadkinville, Center and Mitchell’s Chapel are being used. There are 10 Methodist churches in the West Yadkin network.
Dr. Bonnie Preston Harris, pastor of Center UMC, is program director. This is the third year area Methodist churches have sponsored such a program that includes worship and a host of interested activities, such as gardening, music, dance, reading, and a host of different games.
Harris pointed out that BB&T is offering a special program during one session. At the end of the program, the bank will be handing out school supplies.
Volunteers from throughout the area, many in special interest categories, provide valuable service to insure a successful program, according to Harris.
Financial support for this year’s program comes from: Yadkin Valley District Missional Grant, Western North Carolina Conference Missional Grant, Reynolds Foundation Grant and Yadkin Count Community Foundation Grant.