11.23.2016 – At note from Principal Dr. Eleanor Patrick with Oaks Road Elementary:
“I would love to see Centenary recognized for their contribution and support of ORE. They are supporting us in all facets of the school; everything from duty-free lunch for teachers, covering the cost of lunch for students, making math games, and in so many more ways.
Today, we had the most beautiful Thanksgiving “Bountiful Books” book distribution from the over 500 books that Centenary collected for us. We decorated the cafeteria will fall decorations and displayed the books on the tables. The students were beyond excited and could not believe that they were getting a book of their own to keep. It was heartwarming to see the students reading their new book during lunch and walking down the hall hugging the book as if it were a new friend. Every single child was able to choose a book that they wanted. The books were a perfect fit for the diverse population of students that we serve. Each child was able to choose a book that was a perfect fit for them.”
Volunteers from Garber United Methodist work with students in an after school program called “Kingswood.” The program targets ” at-risk” students from AH Bangert and Brinson Elementary Schools. Nearly 80 Volunteers serve the students in this great program which includes college scholarships for participants.
First United Methodist Church offers a preschool program, participates in Backpack Blessings , Provides lunch for area teachers their first week back to school and has added a lending library! All of these ministries help address basic needs of children living in poverty, as well as, work to strengthen early literacy skills.
Cherry Point United Methodist provides meals to students who are out of school for the Summer including free summer reading materials, provides weekend nutritional support for 50 students and recently packed 100 hygiene packs to help their adopted school with a special health unit. A highlight of their summer program has become the Book Club! Volunteer Educators lead students through a selected book. Participants were treated to a trip to the NC Zoo last Summer. CPUMC is working hard to address basic needs and literacy skills.