Embracing Communities: The Multifaceted Support of Adopt-a-School Partners
In the heart of community outreach, Adopt-a-School partnerships shine as pillars of support, nurturing, and uplifting their schools in myriad ways, both big and small. From monthly deliveries and heartfelt gestures to shared spaces and innovative initiatives, Adopt-a-School partnerships exemplify the transformative power that comes from embracing schools not only as institutions of learning but as integral components of thriving communities. Below we highlight two stories of recent support.
Door Creek Church: A Lifeline of Love in Monthly Deliveries At Door Creek Church, the commitment to Mendota and Sandburg elementary schools is not just a monthly mission; it’s a lifeline of love. Dedicated volunteer Bob Holling (pictured with Sandburg Secretary, Nikki Reese) orchestrates these deliveries, ensuring essential supplies reach the schools. From food to toiletries, these deliveries are a collaborative effort, with church members contributing items and a monthly budget of $200 per school for additional purchases. The consistency and reliability of Door Creek Church’s support are crucial, providing a lifeline to families facing challenges. This ongoing initiative, born during COVID’s challenges in 2020 as “Fill the Van” and now known as “Food Pantry Drive,” showcases the adaptability and resilience of a community committed to uplifting others.
Demco’s Warm Welcome to Hawthorne Staff Before the holiday break, Demco opened its doors to the wonderful Hawthorne team, creating a day filled with festive cheer and shared joy. The highlight was a gingerbread classroom competition, and the creativity displayed was simply magical. Hawthorne Principal, Lucy Sieber, expressed heartfelt gratitude for the thoughtful details and the warm welcome, commenting that it was “just what staff needed; time together in community to have fun and just be humans with one another! Everything, from the use of the space, the gifts, the Stick Together, the awesome scavenger hunt, and the hilariously fun build-a-classroom competition was so well thought out and put together.” Comments from the rest of the Hawthorne staff such as “It’s nice to be recognized outside of teacher appreciation week,” echoed Lucy’s sentiment and gratitude.
Countless schools in our district are in search of Adopt-a-School partners. Can your organization, or one within your network, make a transformative impact by stepping forward? CONTACT MARY BARTZEN
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