Cheryl Hayes
Conference PME Director

Hello Sisters in Christ,

I am a lifelong member of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Des Moines, IA. I currently serve as a member of the
Steward Board, Stewardess board, lay organization, adult choir, kitchen ministry and the Elizabeth
Tolliver Missionary Society.
I am in the beginning stages of my third career. I worked for 30 years in corporate America. Five years
after retiring I decided to see what college was all about. I began at a community college and with the
help of our Lord and Savior I recently earned my Master of Social Work degree. Currently I am a licensed
mental health therapist as well as the coordinator for Let’s Talk, a group of volunteers working in Des
Moines Public Schools to curtail that school to prison pipeline, through mediation, circles and
conducting Saturday School.
Even though we are in a pandemic, I see the glory in the Lord every day, and his many blessings are
I am truly looking forward to working with you all to strengthen our faith and continue the ministry of
Jesus Christ by service and through prayer and continued learning.
The scripture I live by: Light, space, zest. That’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no
one and nothing.

The scripture I live by:

"Light, space, zest. That’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing."      Psalm 27:1 Message Bible

Bethel "Read-In"

Imperial Credit Union
Imperial Credit Union

Honoree and 2nd VP of the 4th D, Kiahna, presents financial planning seminar

"Read In" participants
"Read In" participants

we sponsored a family "Read in" to promote SDG #4 to incrs literacy through equity in education


Shoe & Book Drive

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Read-In Program History:


At its November 1989 meeting, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English accepted the Issues Committee's recommendation that the Black Caucus sponsor a nationwide Read-In on the first Sunday of February. At the request of educators, Monday was designated for educational institutions. Dr. Jerrie Cobb Scott, an active member of NCTE and the Black Caucus, brought the idea to the Committee. It was envisioned that following a decade of rigorous campaigning for participants, the African American Read-Ins would become a traditional part of Black History Month celebrations. The commitment for nationwide promotion extends from 1990 to the present. In 1990, the National Council of Teachers of English joined in the sponsorship of the African American Read-In Chain.
"The African American Read-In (AARI) . . . is built on an ambitious yet confident premise: that a school and community reading event can be an effective way to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors"(NCTE Council Chronicle, November 2014).


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