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Free To Read® Summer 2023
June 7-July 14
We're having fun and learning lots this summer in our annual literacy and enrichment program. Our reading books so far have addressed how everyone has a special talent, the beauty and diversity of skin color, the people who form our support network, the importance of teamwork, the need to recognize and manage our anger, and how a library dog helped to teach a girl to feel more comfortable about reading out loud. We've learned about the origin and significance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the Tuskegee Airmen, and James VanDerZee, a famous Harlem Renaissance photographer.
Our afternoon enrichments include art every week; the science of seeing with 3-D and a giant camera obscura; ceramics at the St. Francis Art Center; a visit to the public library; African and Afro-Caribbean stories; birds, bugs and plants in Ms. Julie's garden; Native American folktales; photography with a neighborhood scavenger hunt and dress-up props; a field trip to the Museum of Aviation; and a visit from costumed dancers with Nutcracker of Middle GA.
And that's just so far....
This summer, in addition to our normal staff of teachers and assistants, we have hired a curriculum director to develop all of our lesson plans, a counselor/chaplain from Candler Theology School
to help address student anxiety and trauma, and
a reading specialist who is using Orton Gillingham phonics techniques to evaluate the reading levels
of all of our students and help catch our kids up in their reading levels with one-on-one assistance.
The mission of Appleton Episcopal Ministries is to share God's love by partnering as parishes in the Middle Georgia Convocation of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta to promote the health, safety, education, and well-being of children and families. Those parishes include All Angels, Eatonton; St. Stephen's, Milledgeville; Christ Church, Macon; St. Paul's, Macon; St. Francis, Macon; All Saints, Warner Robins; St. Christopher's, Perry; St. Luke's, Fort Valley; St. Andrew's, Fort Valley; and St. Mary's, Montezuma. In 2017, The Episcopal Church designated Appleton Episcopal Ministries as an official Mission Enterprise Zone in recognition of its convocational approach to ministry. Appleton's headquarters is located at St. Paul's Church in Macon, on the 1870 campus of the original Appleton Church Home. Julie Groce is the Missioner.