By NICHOLAS SAKELARIS | CoServ
The Christian Community Storehouse's After School Reading Program has made a name for itself helping low-income children get additional educational enrichment through a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering and Math)-focused curriculum. The program has gained in popularity throughout Keller ISD.
So much so that word has spread to Northwest ISD.
The CoServ Charitable Foundation awarded a $7,020 grant to the Christian Community Storehouse so the Fort Worth nonprofit could launch the program at Clara Love Elementary School in Northwest ISD later this month. The grant was funded by Operation Roundup.
"We've been doing the After School Book Club Program for about six years but requests are increasing," said Megan Stiller, development director for Community Storehouse. "We'll be going out there for the first time thanks to CoServ."
Executive Director Barbara Board said the After School Reading Club, also known as the Book Club, uses both certified teachers and volunteers. Each class will consist of about 20 to 25 students once a week. In addition to the Reading Club, Community Storehouse helps children on free and reduced lunch programs with weekend snack packs so they don't go hungry on Saturday and Sunday. They also bring in hygiene items for the children.
"This allows us to expand out to Northwest," Barbara said. "There’s been a need out there for the last few years. Our goal is to help as many low-income children succeed in the classroom as we possibly can.
The CoServ Charitable Foundation (CCF) focuses on meeting basic human needs, promoting community vitality and supporting education. Since CCF was established in 2004, more than $12 million has been distributed to worthy causes across North Texas. Funding for most of the grants comes from CoServ customers through Operation Roundup® – a program where customers “round up” their monthly utility bill to the nearest dollar. For more information about CCF, please visit CoServ.com/CCF.