Recently I have a spent a lot of time in the public school system. First, my wife and I have three kids in school this year. Also, the church where I am the pastor meets in an elementary school. As a result I spend a lot of time talking with the administration, guidance counselors, school social workers, and teachers.
We say things like “children are our future” and “education is the most important way that a child can have a great future”. And, I think most of us believe that. What I am finding though is that our schools need an extra boost from the community. If education is that important to us we should really look into ways that our businesses can partner with local schools to provide the very best services to our students. What would that boost look like?
For our community it looks like providing weekend backpack meals for students; helping out at the school fun fair when they need additional volunteers and providing school supplies for the teachers so that they don’t have to go out and purchase them on their own. Another way our community can help our schools is by celebrating teacher appreciation week by providing food and small gifts for the great people who take care of our children!
How might our children’s education be changed if each local business or non-profit took time to become a partner with a local school? Here are some questions that we asked of the administration when we began that partnership:
- What do the students in this community need?
- How can we be helpful?
- Who are the right people to contact regarding different aspects of the partnership?
- What is it that you don’t want us to do?
By Tim Ward, Pastor of Restoration Church