Thursday, January 15, 2009

School Adoption Update

Well, we're almost there! Late last summer, WBC began working on the McNamara Elementary School campus with a landscaping project. Since then, we've had volunteer readers in classes and volunteers at the Fall Festival on campus. One of our Sunday School departments sent a basket of goodies to the teachers and staff. We've helped the school buy uniforms for kids who couldn't afford them. We've helped a couple of teachers with the cost of their post-Ike repairs. We've paid for Christmas presents that were given to several of the students as well. But all along, the centerpiece of our school adoption effort has been mentoring. We wanted to be on campus on a weekly basis, helping students and teachers in the name of Christ. We had hoped to get that effort started in the fall, but Hurricane Ike and administrative details slowed us down. If you are one of our prospective volunteer mentors, I greatly appreciate your patience so far.

Earlier this week, Mr. Renfro from McNamara sent me an exciting email. All of our prospective mentors have been approved. We can begin mentoring on the campus immediately. All we must do is go to the front desk, and they will send us to the right classroom. If you are one of those mentors, please let me know, via a phone call or email, how your visit went.

In the meantime, we will hold a mentor training event here at WBC on Thursday, January 22 at 10 AM. A representative from Communities in Schools will lead the training. If you are able to be here, I'm sure it will be a worthwhile time. The event will be held in room C-109.

One more thing: Mr. Renfro would like for us to sponsor a Cub Scout pack here at WBC. Apparently, there are a number of boys at McNamara who would be interested in scouting. This would be a great way for us to reach out to these boys and their families, to get them on our church campus and to share Christ's love with them. But in order for this to work, we need some good adult leaders. If you are interested in starting a Cub Scout pack here and inviting boys from McNamara to be a part, please let me know.

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