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Seaside Teaching and Reaching Children (STARS)


Seaside United Methodist Church is hosting a six week summer program June 29th through August 7th. In collaboration with the Brunswick County Department of Elementary Education, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary was chosen as the school to be served, with 26 rising second and third graders as the targeted age group. The STARS (Seaside Teaching and Reaching Students) program is comprised of three areas of focus:

  • Literacy: The morning sessions are focused on literacy using an accelerated learning approach to not only prevent summer learning loss but to better position students for the coming year. These sessions will be taught by a Master Teacher and Assistant with no more than a 10:1 student/teacher ratio. Student success will be measured by end of school year/end of STARS program progress.
  • Enrichment: The afternoon portion of the program provides opportunity to focus on music, art, science, and physical activities that are age appropriate for our kids. Field trips offer many choices of things to do and experience. Our community response has been positive in support of STARS. The afternoon program will be staffed by all volunteers – giving all of our church “family” members a chance to be “family” to our children.
  • Parent Involvement: Each week STARS will host a dinner workshop for the parents. The entire family, including siblings, are invited to the dinner. The workshop is planned and taught by the Master Teachers, using the learning material for the current week to equip the parents to be ongoing learning partners in the home, beyond the six week program.

S.T.A.R.S. Volunteer Information

The S.T.A.R.S. program (Seaside Teaching and Reaching Students) would like to know if you are interested in serving in some capacity during our program this summer. If you would like to sign up to volunteer or receive more information, please fill out the form below. Someone will be in contact with you to discuss your

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S.T.A.R.S. Volunteer Fair

You won’t want to miss this year’s STARS Volunteer Fair on Sunday, April 7th in the Fellowship Hall after all services. You will: Learn about changes and enhancements for 2019 STARS Talk with folks who have helped with the program and hear about their experiences Have “hands on” time with activities such as Picasso Tiles,

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2018 STARS Summer Literacy & Enrichment Program Volunteer Fair

  Seaside, together we celebrate the fifth year of our STARS Summer Literacy and Enrichment Program which begins Monday, June 25th and closes at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 3rd. STARS is a six-week summer literacy and enrichment program offered to those rising second and third grade students who read below grade level at the

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STARS Congregational Survey

Your Feedback is Important As many are aware, STARS, our summer literacy and enrichment camp, is heavily funded by the Duke Endowment. STARS is one of two model programs funded by the endowment in the state of North Carolina with an eye to replicating such programs in other communities. As a result, we have been

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