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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.

  • 17% of children in Michigan live in households that were food insecure at some point during the year

  • Nearly 300,000 school-aged children in southeast Michigan are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch.

  • 21% of Michigan children live in poverty, with incomes under $24,339 for a family of four.

  • More than half of Detroit's children live in poverty.

  • Michigan schools showed the largest decline in third-grade reading levels among 11 comparable states in the last 3 years.

  • 56% of third-graders did not pass the reading test on Michigan's state assessment in 2017.

  • 60,308 students would have faced being retained under Michigan's new reading law.

  • In the Detroit Public Schools Community District, more than 90% of third-graders could not pass the M-STEP reading test.

Serving public schools is a great way for Michigan Baptist churches to demonstrate Christ’s love for the community around them.




Helping kids read at grade level by the third grade.


Relieving the stress of overworked teachers.


Providing for children who live in hunger.

For more information about Heart4Schools, contact

Attend Heart4Schools training at Church Equipping Conference on September 28, 2019

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Baptist State Convention of Michigan

41100 Plymouth Road, Suite B1-315
Plymouth, MI 48170


Phone: (810) 714-1907

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