Letter from the Director
Thank you to all who came out to our "I Have a Dream" event on Saturday evening! It was our seventh year of partnering with CHAT for this event. Watching these children and young men and women get up and speak about their futures is powerful and inspiring. In working with some of them for years, I know the back-story to the words that come out of their mouths. Their words reflect a decided change from the path many of their peers are going down.
With that in mind, I would ask this month that you would pray for our students: for protection physically, for protection over the words they proclaimed on Saturday evening, and for protection for their futures. Their lives are certainly not easy. The choices they are making are not always popular amongst their friends or some of their family members. These choices, however, are life -giving. Thank you for your part in changing lives for eternity!
Youth Life Foundation of Richmond
Student Spotlight: Book Bowl
Each year the elementary schools in Henrico County compete in a literacy competition called Book Bowl. Fifth Grade students are chosen by the librarian to represent their schools in the challenge. Each team is comprised of about 8-10 students. Those students are each responsible for reading as many of the 30 books represented in the competition as they can in a four month period.
Two Youth Life students, A'Niyjiana House and Iyonna Clark, represented Glen Lea Elementary School in this year's competition. The girls spent many weeks reading and preparing for the competition with their school librarian. They practiced using the electronic buzzers as well as quizzing one another with flash cards. They competed against three other schools, losing to Trevvett and Jackson Davis but victorious over Johnson Elementary. A'Niyjiana's favorite memory was when another student's mother cheered them on from the stands saying "keep trying you can do it!" The girls had a wonderful experience and were able to read some great books throughout the process. Iyonna's favorite book was The Invention of Hugo Cabret and A'Niyjiana's favorite book was Wait Till Helen Comes. We are so proud of the girls' achievement and their dedication to reading!
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