'Ivy' Homelessness Book and Curriculum Event Is at South Hayward UMC in October

September 05, 2012

South Hayward United Methodist Church and "Reach and Teach" invite you to help young people understand homelessness.

Attend a book and curriculum discussion about an award-winning book for middle school youth (and others), Ivy, Homeless in San Francisco, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at South Hayward UMC.
Lunch will be provided; donations gratefully accepted.
The church is located at 628 Schafer Road, Hayward, CA 94544.
Ivy, Homeless in San Francisco was written by Summer Brenner. John Broughton, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, says of it, "Ivy is an engaging, educational experience, with emotional range, density of characters, a cinematic visual imagination, and a heroine wild at heart. She not only will get young people to read, but make them want to write as well."
And from 11-year-old Sunny Chang: "Although I would not want to be homeless, Ivy’s story showed me how to be loyal, independent and the importance of being resourceful. Ivy also taught me how much I'm distracted by all kinds of electronics, because she was a deep thinker."
An "Ivy" curriculum for public schools (meets CA Standards), private schools, and church school classrooms leads young people through the book, highlighting issues related to homelessness in our country.
South Hayward UMC invites you to join the Oct. 20 discussion for insight into the problem of homelessness and how to educate others about it, using "this delightful and hope-filled book."
For more information and to RSVP for this event, contact Jerry Wrenn at drjerryw@jwrenn.com.
For specifics about the book and the curriculum, contact Derrick Kikuchi at 415.586.1713 or derrick@reachandteach.com.
Order copies of Ivy at www.reachandteach.com/ivy.

Editor's Note: Jerry Wrenn asks that you also consider buying a book or books to donate to the Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO). South Hayward UMC, First UMC of Hayward, and Castro Valley UMC are members of the coalition.