College Place, Children’s Garden team up to host reading event for children and fathers/father figures
COLUMBIA—College Place United Methodist Church, in partnership with Children’s Garden, recently hosted its second annual “Real Men Read” event.
The event provided positive interactions between children and fathers/father figures from the community.
Children’s Garden is managed by Vital Connections of the Midlands and is located at College Place Church in Columbia. Vital Connections is a nonprofit organization that developed from United Way’s work in early childhood more than 10 years ago.
Research published by the British Journal of Educational Psychology into the role of early father involvement and its impact upon children’s educational attainment showed "a positive relationship between the amounts of literacy fathers engage in for their personal use and their children's reading test." Fathers who are seen to be reading a lot around the home—books, newspapers, etc.—send out a positive sign to their children that it’s an enjoyable thing to do.
College Place donated books for this event and some readers brought their favorite books to share with the children.
The following were guest readers: Bill Cater, Rev. John Culp, John Goodwin, Sharome Henry, Jimmy Hill, Rev. Ken Nelson, Dr. James Wright, Lydell Zeigler and Sergeant Jason Zike.
The church said this year's event was very successful thanks to the collaboration of the church and Children’s Garden.
The United Methodist Men of Cumberland UMC, Florence, sponsored a community fish Sept. 23 at the Cumberland Outreach Center. Approximately 400 meals were served. The meals included whiting, croaker, tomatoes and rice, baked beans, slaw and lemonade. This is a annual fish fry held every third Saturday in the month of September.
Photo by Milton Phillips