Community Ministry Grant Initiative: Douglas MacArthur Kindergarten Academy
Our congregation has a long history of working with children and supporting our Perry Township community. The Community Ministry Grant Initiative is continuing this tradition by supporting the faculty, students, and parents of Douglas MacArthur Kindergarten Academy, located across the street from Resurrection.
About Douglas MacArthur Kindergarten Academy
The Douglas MacArthur Kindergarten Academy opened the in the fall of 2017. A majority of children at the academy are not native English speakers and many are on free-and-reduced lunch. As a new school, the academy also lacks a library.
Bringing the Community Together
The Community Ministry Grant Initiative’s goal is to bring together a community that is undergoing great cultural change. We hope this will help people to better understand their neighbors and build relationships. We also seek to help the immigrant and refugee communities feel more at home in the community.
Making an impact
This relationship is unlike any partnership that our congregation previously explored with the Perry Township school system. Through this partnership, we are helping this new school to fulfill its learning objectives for its diverse, multicultural student body.
Members of this ministry and the larger congregation support DMKA by:
- Providing multilingual kindergarten information packets
- Hosting cultural sharing events
- Developing a library with books that appeal to all cultures
- Volunteering in the classroom
- Supporting those suffering from food insecurity
You can get involved with this partnership through activities such as:
- Volunteering for the semi-annual cultural events
- Donating books to the library
- Tutoring in the classroom
If you are interested in helping this ministry, contact Community Lead Julie Jessee at email@example.com.
- Melanie Hartman, Team Leader, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Julie Jessee
- Chris Dial
- Lishawna Taylor
This ministry has been made possible by a matching grant from the Center for Congregations and the Lilly Foundation.