Junior League of Troy volunteers distributed books and shared reading tips with parents at Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton in Sand Lake

 

 

Pictured L-R, Kathleen Lisson, Pastor Robert Loesch and Heather Silvernail.

 

Junior League of Troy volunteers shared reading tips with parents and read a story to over a dozen children on Sunday during the 10 a.m. service at Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton in Sand Lake on February 9, 2014. Volunteers also distributed 19 children’s books to families during the coffee hour after the service. Books have been generously donated by the people of Troy to inspire children to develop a life long love of reading.

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Junior League of Troy volunteer Heather Silvernail explained that, “during the children’s message in the church we discussed the importance of reading together as a family and overcoming challenges that children may face on their road to reading.”

 

Heather enjoyed volunteering because, “later, when distributing books, Cadence, a fourth grader, was looking through our selection of fourth and fifth grade books. She found a three novel collection by author Eva Ibbotson. The length and amount of words in the text could have been intimidating for an average reader. Her mother was slightly reluctant, thinking the book may have been too difficult. After explaining to the girl and her mother how to choose a ‘just-right’ book, Cadence smiled and held the book confidently. She knew this was her ‘just-right’ book and now her mom did, too!”

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Zion’s United Church of Christ Pastor Robert Loesch contacted the Junior League of Troy and asked their volunteers to meet with his congregation after seeing an article on childhood literacy by Junior League of Troy volunteers Heather Silvernail and Kathleen Lisson in the Albany Times Union newspaper.

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Junior League of Troy volunteer Kathleen Lisson shared a story from her childhood with the congregation of Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton during the service. “I had a hard time learning to read when I was a child. Sharing my story enabled me to show a real-life example of how one person’s dedication to teaching a child to read can make a huge difference in a child’s life. I love reading and volunteer my time to inspire children to read because my mother took the time to make sure I learned to read when I was a struggling reader.”

 

“My favorite memory from interacting with the children was when Liam and Daniel came to our table. Liam, who is 4 years old, helped Daniel, who is 3 years old, choose a book and then chose a book about Big Bird to take home for his other little brother to enjoy,” said Kathleen.

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The Junior League of Troy was founded 85 years ago and is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

 

Zion’s United Church of Christ of Taborton in Sand Lake was founded in 1852 by German-speaking settlers who lived on Taborton Mountain.

 

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