Serving Students & Teachers During A Pandemic and Beyond
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.
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!