Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) has been a main resource hub for weekly hot meals and individual home deliveries for our families that do not have transportation across the district. In order to meet the demand, MNPS is seeking support from our church partners to assist in hosting a food drive to support MNPS students and families.
During these very difficult times, we as The Church are called to support our communities. We again have an opportunity to support our families and children in Metro Nashville Public Schools during our city’s response to COVID-19 as schools are closed at least through April 3. We have been working closely with Central Office staff to understand where support is most needed. Read on to find out how your church can support our schools.
Midtown Fellowship East Nashville has been serving in Stratford High School for the past two years, focusing efforts towards supporting the teachers and providing materials and learning opportunities for students. Learn more about how they became a consistent presence at Stratford and even helped to lead a sheep brain dissection!
St. George’s Episcopal Church has been growing their Light on Literacy Missional Community over the past three years to partner with Buena Vista Elementary in tutoring, student enrichment, and family engagement! Reverend Martin Odidi, of Nigeria, visited the school in October to share Nigerian children’s stories, songs, and culture with students. Read more about their growing partnership here.
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.
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.
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.