Bellview Baptist Church in Westlake helps area children with their reading skills

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Some area kids are getting some extra help with their reading skills by going to church.

"I am here to learn spelling and reading," said Zackary Westlund.

Ladies at Bellview Baptist Church in Westlake are helping area children to brush up on their reading skills over the summer.

"I am really excited about what we are going to be doing this summer. Because, I have just seen how much improvement we had in one day. The advantage is that it is one-on-one," said Joann Winfrey.

The way it works is that, each child works with one adult. They listen to a CD and read along with it. After that, the headphones come off and they read it out loud.

"I am doing really good," said Zackary Westlund.

"I have finished the whole thing, reading to myself. I am almost finished reading the whole thing out load," said Brooklyn Broussard.

But, Pastor Jaceson Johnson, said it goes deeper than helping the children to read. He hopes what they are doing now will make a lasting impact in the life of these children.

"It's one of those things we have always wanted to do as a church. We want to make a difference in the community. We are not here just for Sunday morning worship. We want to make a difference throughout the week and throughout the life of these children.

And, even after the first week, they believe that a difference is starting to show.

At the end of the program, if the kids who have perfect attendance will get to take home the CD Player used during the lessons.

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