Project Transformation is an eight-week summer literacy camp for elementary children in the 61st & Peoria neighborhood of Tulsa. The camp is staffed by college-aged Ameri-Corps interns, but it is supported entirely by volunteers from local United Methodist Churches. Faith has been a Partner Church for Project Transformation since its inception in 2007.
The magic of PT is its Reading Buddy program. Each morning, volunteers gather at 9:30 a.m. for an orientation. From 10 to noon they are matched one-on-one for half-hour reading sessions with up to four children. The volunteers don't read to the children... instead, they LISTEN while the campers read to them from books chosen especially to match the children's current reading abilities. Volunteers listen, help out with extra-hard words, ask comprehension questions, and generally try to foster a sense of excitement about reading. The children truly respond to the personal attention. They will eagerly seek out repeat volunteers; often recognizing "their" buddies a full year later. The program gets great results, too: 98% of our campers who attend regularly will maintain or improve their reading levels over the summer lag. Some will improve up to two grade levels in the eight weeks! Furthermore, campers benefit from two solid meals each day; daily art, STEM and recreation rotations; afternoon enrichment programs, and fun summer field trips.
The camp runs Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., through June and July. This year, Faith's Reading Week is July 17-20. You can support PT by signing up as a Reading Volunteer, by contributing a lunch, by volunteering to chaperone a field trip, by leading a Bible Study, or by donating money to support the camp. The entire budget is donation-based... all books, field trips, craft supplies, and recreation equipment, and guest honorariums are possible only because of individual supporters and churches.
Project Transformation Volunteer Needs
Reading Volunteers | July 17-20 | 9:30am to noon
Sign up in Great Hall any Sunday in June or contact Faith PT Coordinator Jill Hoffman
Wednesday, May 31: Lunch for 10, served at 11:30am at Southern Hills UMC
Monday, July 17: Lunch for 15, served at 11:15am at SHUMC
Tuesday, July 18: Lunch for 15, served at 11:15am at SHUMC
Wednesday, July 19: Lunch for 15, served at 11:15am at SHUMC
Thursday, July 20: Lunch for 15, served at 11:15am at SHUMC
Field Trip Chaperones | 9:30-3pm | June 15
We need chaperones to escort 2-4 children around Oklahoma Aquarium on Thursday, June 15 from 9:30am to 3pm. No cost to volunteers.
PT assesses each child's reading level the first and last weeks of camp. Extra manpower is always welcome. Teachers with experience in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project assessment style. Please contact Jill for more details.
Bible Study Leaders | 9:30-10am | July 17, 18, 19
We need leaders for 5-7 minutes studies each morning between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Materials provided.
Monday, July 17
Tuesday, July 18
Wednesday, July 19
Adopt a Field Trip (or part of one), or make a generic donation PT/SHUMC can use for needed supplies. Checks should be made out to "Project Transformation/SHUMC" at mailed to Southern Hills UMC, or given in person to Jill Hoffman. All contributions are tax-deductible. Thank you!
Contact Jill Hoffman for more information on adopting a field trip.