Fairview United Methodist Church pursued a mission outreach program for the school-aged children of the community during the school year of Fall 2016 and continues still in 2018.
Fairview Fun Club meets on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:00 p.m. for supper and from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for fun activities in the fellowship hall at Fairview UMC.
Fairview Fun Club has a concentration of students from the 45405 and 45406 zip codes, though many others are represented.
Fun Club has Fairview UMC adults who volunteer as teachers, meal shoppers and chief cook, servers of the meals, those that clean up after the meals, and the pastor. There are also some volunteers who are college students, (that help when they are available), to be with one of the teachers, as well as a few other adults who encourage the children,
Currently, the students are divided by school grade groups:
K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-7th, and 8th grade through 12th grade.
There is a teacher for each of these 5 groups that is responsible for developing a lesson, preparing, getting and setting all materials at their table, researching the information and procedure to best instruct the students in understanding and execution of all projects and lessons, no matter how many students may come.
Most lessons are hands-on, using crafts, puzzles, word searches, books, music, physical activity, experimentation, discussion and sharing of ideas.
As with most teachers who teach in a school, the Fun Club adults give freely of their time, experience and financial resources, without any compensation except the joy of interacting with the students and seeing these students become a mini-community, while developing skills, learning something new and even surprising, having fun and becoming more responsible as young people.