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Summer 2014

Posted by admin on June 3, 2014


 A Communiqué of 


& Cornerstone Community Development Corp., Inc. 

1819 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215 

Post Office Box 152551, Dallas, TX 75315 

Phone (214) 426-5468 / Fax (214) 426-0512 

www.cornerstonedallas.org / [email protected] 

Dear Friends: 

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a real blessing. 

– Psalm 127:3 (Good News Translation) 

As children prepare to end this school year, Cornerstone is gearing up for a summer of fun for many of the precious ones in the South Dallas/Fair Park community. The cost of childcare and many summer day camps force many parents to opt to leave their children at home, oftentimes, with the lack of supervised adult care to keep watch. Once again Cornerstone will provide a summer-long day camp free of charge to provide a loving and constructive environment where children can play, meet new friends, and have a great time. The camp is not only a place for fun, meeting friends, and having a great time; but reading enrichment is enforced since it is typical for children to academically fall behind during the summer months. 

Students can lose up to 2 months of reading achievement over the course of their summer vacation. But studies have shown that reading just 5 books over the break can prevent this loss! This year, Cornerstone will implement the Pastor’s Reading Club to encourage children to develop a love for reading. The idea is based on the belief that regular reading keeps children’s academic skills sharp, inspires curiosity, and enhances comprehension and vocabulary, and best of all puts in place the habit for young people to become lifelong readers and learners! Those who participate will have a chance to earn incentive prizes by reporting what they read. To ensure that appropriate books and other reading materials are available, Cornerstone is participating in a project — known as Libros Libres — a collaboration between the Wisconsin-based nonprofit Little Free Libraries, Big Thought, bcWORKSHOP and the Dallas Public Library. A small outdoor library will be built adjacent to the Cornerstone Park and the principle of Little Free Libraries is simple: Take a book, leave a book.



 This year, summer long camp and reading enrichment program will be held at the site of the old location, Cornerstone Baptist Church– 2815 S. Ervay Street, Dallas, 75215 from June 9th – August 1st – 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM daily. The camp is free of charge and will be operated by other youth from the South Dallas/Fair Park community who serve as camp leaders and role models for the young children in the neighborhood. In addition the reading enrichment camps will be led by AmeriCorp workers provided by Citysquare (www.citysquare.org). 

In addition to the summer camp offered at the church’s facilities, there will be other weeklong camps that will take place throughout the South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhood. Activities will be held at recreation centers, community parks, and on the playground of various elementary schools. The camps will be led by a number of youth groups and other mission teams coming to Dallas to serve at Cornerstone.



If you would like to assist in providing summer fun, enrichment, and character building for neighborhood children here are some ways you might consider helping: 

Provide incentives for children to encourage them to meet their reading goals. 

Collect children books for the Little Free Library as well as books to be distributed to children. 

Sponsor a local field trip - $500.00/week 

Volunteer to serve as a reading partner (based on your time availability) 


In addition to the Summer Day Camp and Reading Enrichment Program, the leaders from Stonebriar Community Church have agreed to continue the Saturday C-Kids Program throughout the summer. Using a Backyard Bible School format, children come every Saturday morning from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM for a time of Bible Stories, Sports, Arts & Crafts, and SO MUCH MORE. If your team is interested in serving in this ministry, please contact Karen Hawkins @ [email protected] You may also find out more information by viewing https://www.facebook.com/pages/C-Kids-Saturday/1400147086870367.


We would also like to thank the number of volunteers who assisted in this year’s Cornerstone After School Program. This year 107 children enrolled and we were able see a remarkable increase in grades and behavior improvement. Because the program is held at a time when it is difficult for volunteers to come and serve, this year we were able to hire students from the Cornerstone Crossroads Academy (www.cornerstonecrossroads.com). It proved to be a win-win situation. High school students enrolled in the school were working alongside elementary students who were struggling in school. The friendships developed have proven to be most beneficial to both – leadership skills developed among the high school students and grades increased among the elementary.





Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Cornerstone will provide a Back to School event. In preparation for this event, Cornerstone is collecting backpacks and school supplies. The goal is to serve 1,000 children this year. Donations may be dropped off at - CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH - 1819 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. -= Dallas, Texas 75215 

If you desire to make a tax deductible contribution to Cornerstone’s Outreach, you may send your donation to: 



DALLAS, TEXAS 75315-2551 

You also visit us by logging on to www.cornerstonedallas.org.


Chris L. Simmons