Heart4Schools is a network of churches serving students and teachers in South Carolina. The focus is on three avenues of service:  Reading Buddies, Teacher Support, and Backpack Buddies. Churches typically begin in one area and expand ministries over time.

Getting Started

Building Trust & Serving Well


H4S Statistics

Teacher Support

Backpack Buddies

Reading Buddies

Why should I get involved?
  • Thirty-four percent of SC 4th graders are not reading at grade level. Reading scores are directly related to future achievement in all other subject areas and can be a future predictor of drop- out rates.  When a third grader is not reading on grade level, they are 4 times more likely to drop out of high school.  If they are also in poverty, they are 8 times more likely to drop out.


  • Twenty-five percent of South Carolina children live in poverty and 1 in 5 children go to school hungry every week.


  • Twenty-five percent of first year teachers hired for the 2017-2018 school year left their positions during or at the end of the school year and are no longer teaching in any SC schools.


  • Covid has added many challenges and stresses to the work or teachers and students. Teachers need support and encouragement this year.  When we can enter the classrooms again, many students will need our help filling in the academic gaps that have occurred this year.  Financial hardships have increased the number of children who are food insecure.

"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace… in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ."

Peter 4: 10-12

Get Started

Get Involved

The South Carolina Education Oversight Committee has identified three areas of need. You will probably want to choose one area and expand over time.  Be sure to begin with the expressed needs of the school principal.

Reading Buddies teacher support backpack buddies
Commit to read with a child for 30 minutes once a week. Provide tangible support and encouragement for teachers. Provide weekend food for students who are hungry.
  • This can improve their reading level as well as their confidence.
  • Children who have a mentor once a week for 6 months or longer are 87% more likely to graduate from high school.
  • When a child does not read on grade level in third grade, future success is hindered. This is because in early grades, students learn to read.  After third grade, they read to learn.
  • Reading Scores are directly related to future achievement in all other subject areas and can be a future predictor of drop-out rates.
  • Provide teacher meals such as a Back to School Brunch, a Christmas meal, Teacher Appreciation luncheon, or End of Year Celebration, or something as simple as a coffee bar.
  • Gift classrooms with school supplies after Christmas when teachers often have to replenish out of their own pockets.
  • Give first and second-year teachers gift cards. It takes a lot to set up a classroom.  Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Target, or a teacher supply store would show your appreciation and support.
  • Provide nutritious foods that do not require cooking to help children during times when they are unable to get meals from school.
  • Provide food items in backpacks to send home over the weekend, or over the summer.
  • Involve church members in collecting funds, food items, packing bags, and delivering backpacks to schools.
Interested in becoming a Reading Buddy?
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Interested in providing backpacks?


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