Adapted with permission from the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Many of the needs of your community can be traced back to insufficient education. Heart4Schools is a proactive approach to dealing with potential future needs within a community.
Serving public schools is a great way for Michigan Baptist churches to demonstrate Christ’s love for the community around them.
THREE STRATEGIC WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
Helping kids read at grade level by the third grade.
Relieving the stress of overworked teachers.
Providing for children who live in hunger.
Commit to read with a child for 30 minutes once a week.
This can improve their reading level as well as their confidence.
Children who have a mentor once a week for 6 months or longer are 87% more likely to graduate from high school.
When a child does not read on grade level in third grade, future success is hindered. This is because in early grades, students learn to read. After third grade, they read to learn.
Reading Scores are directly related to future achievement in all other subject areas and can be a future predictor of drop-out rates.
Provide tangible support and encouragement for teachers.
Provide teacher meals such as a Back to School Brunch, a Christmas meal, Teacher Appreciation luncheon, or End of Year Celebration, or something as simple as a coffee bar.
Gift classrooms with school supplies after Christmas when teachers often have to replenish out of their own pockets.
Give first and second-year teachers gift cards. It takes a lot to set up a classroom. Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, or a teacher supply store would show your appreciation and support.
Provide weekend food for students who are hungry.
Provide nutritious foods that do not require cooking to help children during times when they are unable to get meals from school.
Provide food items in backpacks to send home over the weekend, or over the summer.
Involve church members in collecting funds, food items, packing bags, and delivering backpacks to schools.