The partnership with Tates Creek Christian Church for the past two years with Julius Marks Elementary School has been extraordinary. Through your collaboration, endless efforts, and support services for student achievement you have been a valuable asset for our school and community.
In 2012, Tates Creek Christian Church donated over 250 backpacks filled with back to school supplies to JME to be given to our students in need. In addition, each teacher in the building received a bag of general office supplies including markers, tape, pencils, erasers, etc. for use in our classrooms. Matt Lee, the Children’s Minister, met with the leadership team at JME in August 2013 to organize plans for our partnership. The church sponsored a “Back to School Bash” in the park beside the school. Inflatable games and a youth band performed on site. A free meal was served to all who attended. This event provided staff and families with a first school social before the school year began. Church volunteers ran all games and served food to allow the faculty and staff of JME time to talk with students and families throughout the evening. The church donated school supplies to children and staff as well.
In the fall of 2012 volunteers from the church began a garden on the JME grounds. These volunteers created and maintained this garden for all students and families to use. Volunteers come to refresh plants seasonally to allow students to learn about new plants. This area now serves as an outdoor science classroom where our students can observe life-cycles of both plants and insects. In September 2013, a fourth grade teacher at JME, organized volunteers of students, staff, and church members to meet. As a result, on a Saturday morning in September, the landscaping and shrubs had a “sprucing up”. Flower beds were weeded, plants removed, and new plants planted. In addition, volunteers came back to JME to paint the marquee, making the school’s name stand out.
Supporting the goals and partnership activities that have been brought to JME are aligned with the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, which include parental/community involvement and eliminating achievement gaps in reading. Tates Creek Christian Church provides volunteers that come weekly to read with our students in the school library and to work on foundational reading skills. They work with the Family Resource Center and sponsor “Holiday Assistance” for our families/children in need of gifts and food, including delivering it to their homes. They began this project in 2012 and continued to provide in 2013 with increasing the number of families/children they assisted the previous year.
At Julius Marks Elementary our students are witnessing the value of service, and a culture of caring is being internalized by what they see our community partners doing. Our students are learning about community and civic responsibility. Families are collaborating, communicating, and taking pride in their child’s education/school by participating in the many events that are being brought to our school by Tates Creek Christian Church. This faith-based family has provided academic, social, and emotional support for our students. This partnership exemplifies how powerful community partners are valued by doing all they can do to serve, praise, and uplift the lives of children!
Julius Marks Elementary is always looking for future volunteers to get involved. We are always in need of volunteers to help with tutoring during the school day or even during the after-school program. Please contact Krista R. Mason, Family Resource Center Coordinator at
email@example.com or 859-381-3470.
Krista Mason, Julius Marks Elementary