One of our conference initiatives spearheaded by Bishop Carter a few years ago was asking each church to create a partnership with a neighborhood school in their area. Fortunately for us, we already had a very long standing partnership and vibrant relationship with Fruitland Park Elementary next door. We host events for the school on our campus (like robotics tournaments and 5th grade graduation), provide supplies for teachers and students, develop mentoring relationships, as well provide tutoring and our Wonderful Wednesday program.
In 2015, an additional organization was formed in our area, Bless Fruitland Park. This groups is comprised of community churches and organizations with a heart for the school and its families. Each year a goal is set for a financial donation, and funds are raised, to be made to the school to help where the budget simply cannot. Over the last few years, FPE has used these funds to bring in the Orlando Science Center for STEM presentations, provide classroom science materials, provide academic incentive awards for students, purchase recess equipment, provide supplies for a new mentoring program, sponsor a chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society, and other things as well.
Each year this drive has been held, we here at Community have stepped up and donated. This year we contributed $2,200 to their goal of $14,000. These monies came directly from our mission budget and we were able to present the principal with our check in worship at the 9Thirty service on August 18th.
This morning Pastor CJ, Pastor Daryl and I along with our Children’s Minister Faye Umble went over for the official big check presentation. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of so many churches, community groups and local businesses we exceeded this years’ goal and were able to present Mrs. Langley with a check for $16,366.02!
What an honor it was to partner with so many others to bring a bit of hope and love to the administration, staff, faculty, and students of the school. What a blessing and privilege it is to be a small part of this effort to help bless our local school. We're so thankful to be part of leading a church that lives up to its name and makes in impact in our local community!
I look forward to seeing you this weekend in worship!