Ron A. Collins Kids Reading Better Program
For many years TCCC missions funds have helped Russell Cave Church of Christ, a Bluegrass Christian Men’s Fellowship church plant. In addition, volunteers from TCCC have helped in various programs at the church. Minister Fred Mitchell recently noted, “volunteers really do make a difference” and honored one of those volunteers with the following:
In 2006 my wife and I knew many of our kids struggle with reading and wanted to do something to help kids improve their reading skills.
I appealed to the men at a Blue Grass Christian Men’s Fellowship meeting for help with a reading project. That very evening Ron Collins offered to help. This volunteer was an answer to my prayers. Within a week Ron and I began to discuss ideas for the project. After much prayer and discussion Ron agreed to help start and direct a program called “Kids Reading Better.”
We put together a team of volunteers to develop the program, and Ron reached out to local churches to find volunteers to help individual children improve their reading skills. Teachers at Russell Cave Elementary School identified students who could benefit from this program, including some from Russell Cave Church of Christ. We started a book drive and collected over 2,000 books. The program is free and is for kids in grades 1-5.
When Ron retired as director, we renamed the program the “Ron Collins Kids Reading Better Program.” We meet for one hour each week during the school year, and the sessions are followed by a Bible Study and a hot meal. We currently have 20 volunteers working with 20 children. We also have a waiting list of other students wanting to enter the program. Yes, one volunteer really can make a difference.
Fred Mitchell, Minister, Russell Cave Church of Christ