SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Churches in Savannah are looking to pair with local schools to offer an after school program that goes beyond tutoring and daycare.
In fact, the initiative will help with anything from gathering supplies to boosting the morale of students and faculty.
Last week during the Savannah City Council meeting, the pastor of the First Congregational Church was asked to speak about the initiative that he's hoping will catch on like wildfire here in the city, county and beyond.
Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach asked Pastor G. Lind Taylor to say a few words about the Adopt-A-School initiative and the difference that it can make in the lives of our city's youth.
"It gives our young people hope that we care, that someone really cares. That they want to invest in their life. And when you invest in a life, you invest in the future," said Pastor Taylor.
Taylor attended a workshop a few months ago to learn about the national Adopt-A-School initiative, and how it could work in Savannah. And Taylor said it's all about pooling resources and tapping into the potential of a church, school system partnership.
Taylor said, "We can do a tremendous amount of things with fewer resources if we would just cooperate."
And that cooperation is already underway. Schools have already been approached by nearby churches seeing what supplies might be needed for the rapidly approaching school year. The big drive right now is for uniforms, which can cost families near $20 apiece. But the partnership will also allow the adopting church to provide mentoring, tutoring, even things like sewing classes and dance therapy.
"We have empty facilities that we can fill up on the weekends and after school. It's safe, and it's encouraging," Taylor said.
Taylor said the program is taking off, but the goal is to have all 55 schools district-wide paired up with a partner church, and right now, he says he's working with the principal of Thunderbolt Elementary.
Taylor said, "And she was just excited about us helping her find a church in the Thunderbolt area. So if you're listening, we're looking for a church in the Thunderbolt area that will partner with Thunderbolt Elementary School."
Taylor says the initiative will also focus on families, and provide training for parents as well.
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