Our church community partners volunteered with our school partners at back to school events throughout the city in July and August. From community festivals, backpack drives, free haircuts, bouncy houses, meet the teacher nights, and more, our church partners were out and about supporting their schools.
Strong Tower Bible Church spearheaded Bless Fest at Carter Lawrence Elementary in the heart of Edgehill at the end of June.
Waverly Belmont Elementary hosts an annual Evening of the Arts. The art teacher asked Fellowship Bible Nashville to recruit volunteers to help hang student artwork in the hallway in preparation for the event.
Earlier in the Fall semester, the United4Hope Stratford team dreamed of inviting students, teachers, administrators, and community members to prayerfully walk through the school. They began by building trust and rapport with staff during their weekly Prayer at the Pole before school. With the help of school counselors, they prepared a handout that detailed specific ways to pray for the students.
In the weeks prior to August 2018, New Life Apostolic Church had all hands on deck to assist Alex Green Elementary staff with the commencement of the new school year. The church held a school supply drive to collect office and classroom supplies. Immediately following the drive, New Life invited school staff to a Back to School Sunday event at the church where they were prayed over and provided lunch following the service.
Donelson Church of Christ has partnered with McGavock Elementary for eight years. They offer free dinner once a month at their church for 50+ students and parents from McGavock Elementary.
Glencliff Elementary School held their fall festival on October 25. Community partners, including United4Hope partner Christ Presbyterian Church, staffed games and activity booths.
Aniya Bryant, a senior at TSU who attends The Temple Church, is organizing a city-wide coat drive for MNPS students at schools across the district. She is looking for fellow church partners to collect and help distribute coats to MNPS.
New Garden Church, who meets at Dupont Tyler Middle School in Hermitage on Sundays for service, held a Back to School Bash with the DTMS Open House. “We had almost 40 volunteers greeting, directing, meeting students and parents, and giving out backpacks and school supplies.