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Matt Utterback, Superintendent of North Clackamas Schools was recently named the 2017 AASA National Superintendent of the Year. The March 2nd announcement came in New Orleans at the National Conference on Education, hosted by AASA, The School Superintendents Association.
The Portland/Vancouver area is not the only place where churches are discovering their role in serving their public schools. One of the other exciting movements we've connected to is centered in Houston, Texas.
An Oklahoma City based church-school partnership mentoring program called "Whiz Kids" is taking root outside of their local area. Started just 22 years ago, the "Whiz Kids" program now is active in over 30+ schools in the Oklahoma City area. At least 75 churches participate in the program in Oklahoma City, working with over 900 elementary age school children.
Nationwide, schools have exhausted their resources keeping up with needs of the children. In fact, the schools were never meant to provide for more than the educational needs of the kids. Nearly half of the schools in our country are in dire need of support. All people of faith have a primary call to respond to the needs of at-risk children and their families.
James River Church has partnered with First Baptist Church in downtown Springfield to start a free preschool program for low-income families. According to preschool administrator Connie Joy, this is a pilot program for James River Church.
In 2008, Agape Church of Christ began a day of service in the community entitled Agape Blitz. Their supporting church, Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, helped them launch this effort in 2009. In 2012, Agape Blitz developed into multiple weeks as groups from Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas joining the local congregation in this community service and outreach.
Check out these video links about churches around the country getting involved with their local schools. We're certain these will encourage you and your church family as they seek to serve our schools here in the metro area.
With the help of gifts-in-kind from corporate sponsors, World Vision's Teacher Resource Center provides learning tools and classroom supplies to schools.
The Sacramento area completed their second annual "Season of Service" this weekend. This community-wide emphasis began on January 16th and culminated with a week-long service blitz April 16-23.
The Boston Education Collaborative was launched at the request of the local school Superintendent.
The Light up the City network was formed through the collaboration of Christian leaders based in the Seattle region with a desire to serve their city in the love of Jesus.
The School Partnership Network is just one of several such initiatives currently operating around the country to bring the local church into relationship with their public schools.
We love to share stories of how other communities around the nation are developing their own "Church and School Partnerships." Recently our friends at "BE UNDIVIDED" included the story of one such new partnership in Anchorage, Alaska.
The pastor of the Baptist church in the small rural community sauntered down the hall toward the school cafeteria, greeting students by name as he went.
Parent University provides community members, including churches, a way to help schools better educate children in a Texas city. Two years ago, Principal Marta Plata of Manuel Jara Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas, recognized her school needed help.