Fellowship Nashville began the Adopt a Teacher initiative four years ago as a way to show support and appreciation for Waverly Belmont’s staff. When Calvary United Methodist Church became a partner at the school two years ago, they joined in on the program too! Families, singles, small groups, and friend groups are matched with a teacher and then reach out to the teacher once per month.
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.
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.
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.
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.