Church's mission to educate kids

During the summer many children are lounging in the house watching TV, but they probably aren’t reading or doing math problems. Millie Baker, a first-grade teacher at Long View Elementary School decided to change all that when she started a summer tutoring program, formally known as “SLAP” at Thomas Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church.

Now, two years, later Baker and her church have started the Christian Tutoring Academy that runs year round.

“When I started the summer program two years ago, my goal was to get students off the couch and learning even during the summer months,” Baker said. “A study said when kids stop reading during the summer they can lose up to two reading levels.”

Baker said she started the summer program because, as a teacher of 23 years, she knew the importance of education. In the beginning the program was set up in the Conover church’s fellowship hall and the kids worked on math, science and reading. The program was also able to take field trips during the summer that cost next to nothing and included meals, Baker said.

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