Elementary students in the River Bend neighborhood just north of downtown Des Moines are benefiting this summer from educational experiences during their summer break. Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM) offers reading, writing, computer, and math activities each morning.
A variety of experiences in the afternoons, including art, cultural activities, field trips, and recreation time, connect each student’s learning to life. For example, this summer’s participants will enjoy a field trip to Benton Arboretum, swimming lessons, a range of ethnic foods, and an Olympics-styled competition.
“Without the programming at CFUM, we would not be able to do what we do with our students,” said Cheri Dixon, the principal of the Moulton Extended Learning Center. “Our parents rely on their programming to provide support during our various breaks throughout the year and during the summer. Our students talk about the great experiences they have with CFUM with enthusiasm! That’s what it’s all about: happy kids that want to make learning a priority.”
CFUM shares space with Trinity United Methodist Church located on the corner of 8th and College in Des Moines directly across the street from the Moulton Extended Learning Center. Apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa help to support this ministry.