Illiteracy plagued the United States long before COVID-19 ever entered the country. More than 30 million adults cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third-grade level.
That number could rise, unless something reverses the pandemic’s toll on education. Second- and third-grade students are 30-percent behind in their reading skills, according to a recent national study.
What if you could get kids to read every day and – better yet – read their Bible? A program from Keys for Kids Ministries is designed to do just that.
“Our Word with Zach reading program keeps kids and teens in their Bible every day throughout the summer, and we have prizes that we give away,” Keys for Kids Development Director Jessica Kogelshatz says.
Some kids may read only to win a few prizes, but they’ll reap long-term benefits, too.
“This [program] gives a specific reading structure and a devotion every day, so it not only keeps you and your kids in your Bible, but it continues that reading throughout the summer, which is so important for kids,” Kogelshatz explains.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for resources so Keys for Kids Ministries can keep Word with Zach going.
- Share this story with a parent you know so their kids have an opportunity to join Word with Zach!