Who is in your sphere of influence?
Did you know that most of the strengths, unique qualities and needs of our communities are represented at our local schools? The truth is that schools are a portal into the community. The same kids in your congregation are the ones sitting in the classrooms down the street!
Why love our schools day?
Love Our Schools Day is an opportunity for church members to connect with their local school - to roll up their sleeves and plant a garden, or paint a classroom. On a deeper level, this opportunity forms a connection point where your church and school leadership build friendship and trust as you work toward common goals.
Love Our Schools Day empowers local churches to make a lasting difference in the lives of our children and the success of our local schools, simply by showing up and asking the question,
“How can we help?”
1. SCHEDULE A DATE
THE FIRST STEP TO GET STARTED IS SETTING A DATE ON THE CALENDAR!
Love Our Schools Day 2018 is being hosted by School District between Sept 29th – Oct 27th
2. SELECT SCHOOLS
Find local schools near you to serve for Love Our Schools Day
Reach out to your current school connections, or neighborhood schools
Search our School Project Site for schools near you! You may search by School Name, School District, or your Church Zip Code
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a list of schools requesting partners
3. BUILD A LEADERSHIP TEAM
Gather team leaders to build a cohesive, effective team
Church Coordinator: Point Person who plans with School Principal & other School Partners
Project Leaders: Manages specific LOSD prjects
Financial Management: Determines budget & resource availability
Volunteer Coordinator: Recruits volunteers, assists volunteers with registration on the School Project Site, provides any helpful communication
4. CONNECT WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Instead of planning in a vacuum, reach out to the community to unify the team
Reach out to other participating churches to promote unity
Contact local businesses / clubs who participated last year, or might want to join
Touch base with the main point person of all participating organizations
Enlist the Youth Group, Young Life, or Student Council to gather Student Leaders
Find resources for tools through the school PTO, city tools or Tool Bank, local businesses and grants
Email School Connect for a Potential Partner List within a five mile radius of your church!
5. PLAN PROJECTS
Plan LOSD projects with School Leadership Team over a few weeks
Meet with School Leadership to layout projects according to their timeline, available resources, and long term goals
Determine Partner Roles with School Leadership Team so that you clearly understand what role and responsibility your Church Team covers
Assess collective resources and seek out more where there are gaps
Start with short-term, easy wins that will build into larger impact over time
Example: Paint & stock the Teacher’s Lounge this LOSD, but plan ahead to replace chairs, coffee maker, or microwave oven later in the year
Help file paperwork with School District as needed
Project Leaders visit the site to get a clear picture of the project, priorities, and division of labor
6. SCHOOL PROJECT SITE
Project Posting, Updates & Registration are all available online!
Connect with School Leadership to help post projects online
All Project Leaders need accounts with the School Project Site, as well as Project Admin Access to post projects, or update volunteers http://app.schoolconnectaz.com/
Contact email@example.com for volunteer count, or other reporting
7. PROMOTE LOVE OUR SCHOOLS DAY
Effective promotion rallies support, enthusiasm & team building
Video promotion on Sunday mornings is a great way to generate momentum ~ Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an LOSD promotional video
Recruit volunteers by sending the project links to your church email list or include them in your newsletter
Post project info and registration links on church website, social media, Sunday bulletin, and on church campus
Remember, your excitement is contagious!
8. CELEBRATE LOVE OUR SCHOOLS DAY
We build powerful support for our children by serving our local schools…together!
Gather Leadership Team and Volunteers to prepare before heading out! This is a great time to build camaraderie and start with a collective prayer
Distribute unifying identification such as a church t-shirt or bracelet, or choose a common color to represent your group
Review goals, priorities, roles and location information
Distribute tools to Project Leaders, or send tools to locations
Remember social media! Send out hashtags, take pictures & videos to applaud giving back
Reconvene after project completion to celebrate your success!
Remember to build relationships so that this event can grow into a long-term partnership!
Start little, but DREAM BIG!
9. THANK PARTNERS & FOLLOW UP
Build on the valuable connections formed through Love Our Schools Day
Send hand written thank you notes to School Leadership & Community Partners
Ask School Leadership for other opportunities to serve throughout the year
Schedule 3 appointments over the school year calendar to serve again!
Examples Include: Teacher Appreciation Day Coffee, Thanksgiving Boxes, Church Youth Group helping at a School Pep Rally, or Hosting a Paper Drive