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3 Ideas for Back to School Outreach

Posted by Alison Kennedy 2 years ago 0

Here are three ideas for outreach into the community as back to school time approaches! Back to School Outreach

Meet With the Principal

Meet one-on-one with a local school principal and ask how your church can help meet school needs. Bridge Building, a ministry of Forefront Church in Lakewood, Colo., meets quarterly with the principal of Bear Creek Elementary School to discuss the school’s needs and how the church can support the school. At year’s end, they meet to reassess progress. Church teams have led various projects from gardening and recycling to meal preparation. “It is basically a foot-washing for the school,” says Bridge Building Director Michael Mele. “We’ve made inroads and built relationships there that would have otherwise seemed unlikely.”

Help underprivileged Students Prepare for School

Many under resourced families in your area struggle to get their children ready to return to school each fall because of the costs of clothes, school supplies and other expenses. Your church can help them overcome that challenge. Hold a special event where underprivileged students are given a backpack with donated school supplies, some new clothes and free haircuts from volunteer stylists before the school year begins. Or, ask attendees to help reduce the cost of school supplies in an under resourced area. Community 4:12, a ministry initiative of Community Christian Church in the Chicago area, provides “school supplies with dignity” to students at a local elementary school, Community 4:12 Director Kirsten Strand says. Church attendees sponsor a teacher-selected student kit for $25 that students can then purchase for $5 to $7. All money raised is donated to the school. “This is not about a rich, wealthy community coming in to save a low-income area,” Strand stresses. “We all have something to share, contribute and learn; and we strive to work alongside our schools to help them achieve their own goals.”

Provide clothes for Low-Income Kids

Many youth and children in your community may lack the resources to buy new clothes before and during the school year. Ask church attendees to donate new or gently used clothing of various sizes, and set up a boutique-style location at the church, where students can privately choose new outfits for free. Work with school officials and local social service agencies to let people know of the service you’re providing, and have students “shop” by appointment to protect their privacy. Krystal Koons, 50, and her 17-year-old daughter, Kaileigh, started the Teens’ Closet through American Lutheran Church in Prescott, Ariz. They collected donations from family, friends and clothing stores, then launched the boutique inside a small room in a building the church maintains for youth ministries. “By Aug. 1 [2011] it was open; by October [2011] we had outgrown it,“ Koons says, adding the ministry overtook another room in the building in the fall. “The outpouring from the community was absolutely amazing.” In March 2012, the ministry moved into a small home donated by a church member. Today, it serves about 30 teenagers a month. “Teens’ Closet is an example of what happens when somebody listens to the call of the Lord and says, ‘Yes,”’ Pastor Dan Storvick says. “It touches lives in ways we will not know until we go home to the Father.”

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