Gresham-Barlow District Honors Church Partners

on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Posted in Stories, Happenings, School Partnership Network

On September 4th the Council Chamber at the Gresham City Hall, which serves as the Boardroom for the Gresham-Barlow School District, was buzzing with a little more excitement than a normal monthly school board meeting. The 2014-2015 school year had just started, and hopes were high for a banner year. But it was more than just the start of another school year.....this was a night to celebrate.

Why the buzz? Because this was the time to recognize the great work done by several faith partners over the past few weeks to ready their school facilities for the start of the new school year. The school board honored area churches responsible for coordinating "Community Care Day." In August, more than 500 volunteers joined together to work on several beautification projects at schools—which included pulling weeds, raking, spreading bark dust, pruning, and painting. The volunteers donated 2,500 hours of work district-wide. Coordinating churches recognized by the school board were:

• Cornerstone Church

• East Hill Church

• First Baptist Church

• Good Shepherd Community Church

• Grace Community Church

• Mountainview Church

This type of "Community Care Day" has become a staple in our area over the past few years, with similar efforts going on in a number of different districts. With school budgets tightening and facilities getting older each year, the help of these volunteers to spruce things up is invaluable. This is one very practical way that Christians across the metro area are putting their "faith" into "action." Thanks to all those who (like folks from the churches in Gresham-Barlow District) invested their time and energy to help get their schools ready for the staff and students.