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Planting the Seeds to Read

November 22nd, 2016

At MCM, we believe literacy is fundamental to a child’s educational development. Because of this, improving childhood literacy has been one of the cornerstones of our educational mission and the goal behind one of our longest running and most successful programs, Planting the Seeds to Read—MCM’s family literacy program.

The Planting the Seeds to Read program runs from 5:15 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. every Thursday for seven weeks. Each week, families are served a healthy dinner, take part in a small group storytelling session, and children participate in a hands-on literacy activity with museum staff. As part of the program, parents also learn about how to help their children be successful in school, how to save for college, and resources available to them in their district and the Jackson area.

This year, MCM added a new facet to the program’s literacy curriculum, financial literacy. Representatives from HOPE Credit Union aid the museum staff in sharing strategies for successful financial planning with students and parents. Just as learning to read builds an educational future, learning to save builds a good financial future.

HOPE has also offered to open a saving account for each child with a seed gift to begin their saving success.

MCM could not do all that we do for this program without the museum’s Youth Ambassador Council and our MCM Partners. They have played an integral role as they have faithfully volunteered and insured that dinner was provided for these families throughout the season to help feed these students’ minds as well as their bodies!

MCM is grateful to the Jackson Anesthesia Pain Center, Mount Helm Baptist Church, Sal and Mookies Pizza, Jacos Tacos, HOPE Credit Union, Jackson Metro Alum Club of Pi Beta Phi, Capitol Orthepedic, and Sports Medicine Center for making this program possible and encouraging the children of Jackson to plant seeds to read and succeed.

Planting the Seeds to Read is sponsored by Community Foundation of Greater Jackson & Wells Fargo Foundation.