Staff report

CASSTOWN — Casstown United Methodist Church will be offering its annual reading program again this summer for youth entering kindergarten through sixth grade, thanks to the “Live Free” grant provided by the Miami Valley District of the United Methodist Church.

The summer program, which highlights reading skill development lead by college students and church members, will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday for six weeks beginning June 16, at the Casstown UMC, 102 Center St.

The program also will include crafts, games, music and tips for healthy living. A tasty, healthy lunch and an afternoon snack will be served as well. Plans are in the works to have special presentations by Brukner Nature Center and a visit from the Troy Library Bookmobile.

“We are excited to be able to offer this fun program for the area youth again this summer and for them to enjoy our now air conditioned building,” said Pastor Maggie Sykes. “Each of the past two summers, we have had over 30 students attend at least one week. It is a great way to break up the week during the summer.”

Todd Rappold, superintendent of Miami East Schools, supports the work the church is doing with this program. “We encourage all kids to maintain their academic skills over the summer,” he said. Reading is a key skill for students of any age.”

For more information or to register, call Pastor Maggie Sykes at (937) 339-4828 or visit to download the registration form from the Children’s Ministry page.