Engaging School Partnerships- Federal Way


For the past year we have been encouraged to see more and more congregations engaging in partnership with local schools. School Partnership was one of the breakout sessions we offered during our Puget Sound City Advance in 2015 and which was inspired by the great work of Jubilee REACH and Northshore's Community Serve Day . Last year we were also excited for West Seattle's CityServe's first serve day which took place at Roxhill and Sanislo Elementary schools. Since then the movement has been growing and we are excited to report that on August 20-21st a potential of over 100 schools will be served by congregations around the Greater Seattle Region.

This past Wednesday, we were fortunate to attend a meeting held by a group of pastors and lay leaders in Federal Way, which call themselves "We Love Our City". They had the opportunity to hear Federal Way's Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell present a bold plan for the school district. Dr. Campbell began her tenure a year ago and is attempting to develop a culture of excellence in learning, not only in curriculum and academics, but in the language students (to which she refers to as "Scholars") use to define and value education. It was great to see these congregations gather to show support for their schools, and to engage with leadership of the district, in an effort to foster relationship.

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There are many congregations who serve schools in this way and we will be highlighting and telling their story, especially as we get nearer to the Community Serve Day in August. Stay tuned for more information on partnerships.

If your congregation is involved in a partnership with a school- we want to know about it! Please write in the comment section below. It can be as informal as tutoring or as formal as a snack pack program or serve day! We would like to be able to show how the Church engages the community through love and service.

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