Serving Students & Teachers During A Pandemic and Beyond

Student Needs

Sit down with your principal and ask about student needs. Here are some you may find:

  • Since the pandemic, there are many more students in need of food on the weekends (Backpack Buddies).
  • Elementary schools need extra clothes: underwear, socks, pants, and shirts for students who have accidents.
  • There are children who do not have shoes to wear. Shoes may be too small or falling apart. Tennis shoes are needed for PE. (This includes middle and high school.)
  • Hygiene items are needed: shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.
  • Families in poverty may need laundry detergent to clean the few clothes they have.
  • Many students need coats or jackets when the weather gets cooler.
  • There is an extra need for food for families over long weekends, holidays, or school closures.
  • Books are needed for elementary students to read at home over breaks and the summer.
  • Feminine products are needed for middle and high school girls. These are not covered by EBT cards.
  • “Hot spots” are needed for families without internet access.
  • School supplies are needed, especially in December/January when back-to-school supplies are gone.

Serving Teachers/Staff

Ask your administrator how you can assist them in serving their staff. Here are ideas from some of our church partnerships:

  • Write personal notes of encouragement.
  • Provide a basket of snacks and a note of appreciation for the teacher workroom.
  • Provide breakfast (donuts or bagels and coffee) periodically.
  • Enlist small groups to provide monthly snacks for after-school faculty meetings.
  • Celebrate teacher birthdays throughout the year.
  • “Adopt” first year teachers and help them get needed classroom supplies. Encourage them throughout the year.
  • Create gift bags for all teachers at the beginning of the year, Christmas, or Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • Have a school supply drive for the teachers. Ask about the specific needs.
  • Purchase playground equipment for recess.
  • Put up an angel tree with all staff names and have church members send notes and treats throughout the year.
  • Ask if there is a time that providing a teacher meal would be helpful.
  • Consider hosting a special Christmas lunch or dinner for teachers/faculty.
  • Serve as a volunteer to help in the office, library, or anywhere needed.
  • Be sure to encourage other staff: nurses, custodians, food service providers, social workers, and bus drivers.
  • Pray for our teachers, administrators, and support staff!

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