The East Cooper Faith Networks leading initiative;   I-Beam, is ready to start its 6th year serving children in select schools in the East cooper.  I-Beam is a lunchtime literacy and mentoring program that connects volunteer adult mentors with 2nd thru 5th grade students who scored below the 25th percentile on MAP (measures of academic progress) testing and/or are recommended into the program by the school.  On the same day each week, volunteers travel to a nearby elementary school for one hour of lunch socializing then one one-on-one reading with their student.  For the one hour session, the mentors promote the skills and love of reading along with consistent adult relationships.

One Student.  One Adult.  One Hour.  Once a Week.

Being a mentor is a great gift you can give a child in need of a little help.   We are ready to start our 6th Great Year of I-Beam in the East Cooper.  Two more training sessions have been added in 2 locations for your convenience.  See below for dates, locations and times.


Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church (MPPC), 302 Hibben St, Mt Pleasant

Date/Time:  Thursday, October 8th at 12:00 pm to 1:15


New Wappetaw Presbyterian Church, 635 Pinckney Street, McClellanville

Date/Time:  Thursday, October 8th at 6:00 pm to 7:15

The training will focus on the child and how reading makes an incredible difference in their future. We will cover I-Beam overall, status of schools, and feedback received from last year’s program.  Also, many who took our survey last spring asked for more information on mentoring strategies so we will also be covering some tactics to use to bring out more ‘spark’ with the children.

Each mentor will receive a new I-Beam folder that will contain the official I-Beam manual and other material.

One Student, One Adult, One Hour, Once a Week.  This isn’t just a slogan, but a way take action and make a difference.  Thank you for making an impact on our children.