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A Message from Superintendent Barbara Jenkins  ​

 
Our faith-based community is an extremely important part of Orange County Public School’s efforts at cultivating sustained community engagement. Our missions to better our community dovetail when churches, synagogues, mosques, and all faith-based organizations harness the power of volunteerism and servant leadership to benefit the region’s youth in schools. 
 
I encourage your organization to "Adopt-a-School" and applaud those who have been on this journey with us. Together we are stronger, and together we can exponentially increase the effects of our good works.


 
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Faith-based “Adopt-A-School” Initiative
For decades, faith-based organizations have been partnering with schools throughout Orange County. This year, Orange County Public Schools is expanding its outreach to faith- and community-based organizations to partner with public education.
 
In order to be the top producers of successful students in the nation; we have to be focused, determined and committed to providing our youth with as many resources as possible. Through the Partners in Education program, adopting-a-school is a great vehicle for connecting with a school in your local community. Join us in promoting four basic messages to maximize student success by creating healthy conditions at school and in the home – good character, stay-in-school, say no to drugs or alcohol and stop all bullying. Relationships can be developed with students through a combination of activities such as:
  • School-based Mentoring cultivates trusting relationships between adult role models and students, developing pro-social skills in students and a sense of belonging among their peers, families, and communities.
  • Life Skills Education addresses anger management, school dropout and substance abuse issues in a school setting.
  • After School & Summer Programs provide enrichment activities for students, such as basketball leagues, robotic clinics, computer labs, etc...
  • Have an idea of how your faith-based organization can support schools? Let us know!
"Adopt-a-School” is simple! Contact the Community Resources office for more details at 407.317.3323.
 

Partnership Showcase
 
A Simple but Powerful Partnership
Partner Schoool: Timber Lakes Elementary
Genesis Church operates out of Timber Lakes Elementary and has certainly exemplified the partnership relationship by participating in many activities throughout the year. It is a simple, yet powerful partnership, which earned Genesis Church the Outstanding Partner in Education Award for 2012 from Orange County Public Schools. Timber Lakes Elementary’s vision is that all students will become responsible citizens who will excel academically and develop appropriate social behaviors. Genesis helps make this a reality.
Genesis Church has more than 50 members that are active ADDitions volunteers at school.  They volunteer on a weekly basis to assist students in kindergarten through fifth grade so the children will excel academically as well as develop appropriate social behaviors.  The teachers meet with the volunteers at the beginning of the school year to inform the volunteers as to what specific goals were set for each child with whom they would work.  The teachers provide the volunteers with all the materials they will need to work with the children, whether it is in small group or one on one.  The school has seen a number of children’s EduSoft scores improve and attributes one of the reasons of this to the volunteers working with the children on a regular basis.  The members of Genesis come each day with a smile on their face.  The children are excited to work with them.  Through their dedication and hard work, Genesis volunteers also have helped instill self confidence and self esteem in the children.  Another fantastic project was when Genesis had families bring plants and flowers to help beautify our school.  After the families bought the plants and flowers, they came after school and worked into early evening to plant them in the front of the school.
 

 Academic Excellence

 
Math Bee Competition
Scores Exponentially!
 
For the third year at Pineloch Elementary, the second year at Mollie Ray Elementary, and the first year at Winegard Elementary, students have had the opportunity to participate in National Math Bees to showcase their skills and push them to reach their highest potential. 

Mollie Ray Elementary students proudly hold up their certificates for winning the Math Bee. (L-R: Arice Todman, Alejandro Sanchez, Shannon BIassou, Omarian Jones 

Dr. Ruth McKeefery and the Educational IMPACT program at St. Luke’s Methodist have launched this competition at their partner schools, creating new opportunities for students to shine.  
 
Winegard Elementary’s Math Bee is coordinated by the Math Coach, Tandricka Taylor Harris, and by the fourth grade teachers.  Educational IMPACT Volunteers John Pedicone and Fawn Lewis coordinate Mollie Ray Elementary’s competitions, alongside the 4th grade teaching team.  Mr. Pedicone also teams up with the 4th and 5th grade teachers at Pineloch Elementary to coordinate their Math Bee.  
 
The National Math Bee is a math tournament where students from first through sixth grade compete in a real world interactive competition. The program is a fun and exciting way to help students achieve extraordinary levels of speed and accuracy with their math skills. 
 

 Recruitment Efforts

 
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Educational IMPACT Program
 
Partner Schoools:
Mollie Ray and Pineloch Elementary
 
For several years, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church has been making a tremendous difference in the lives of students at Mollie Ray and Pineloch Elementary schools. Through the church’s outreach, they established a program called “Educational IMPACT,” which works with selected public schools to provide services that will make a difference in the educational programs of the school.  Education IMPACT works closely with the school Principal and designated staff to determine how the program can meet the needs of each school. Each school served has a Faith-Based Coordinating Team of four to eight members from St. Luke’s and  two staff members from the school, whose responsibilities are to coordinate, promote, recruit and train volunteers, and monitor and evaluate the St. Luke’s IMPACT program at that school.
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church’s Educational IMPACT Program has helped Pineloch Elementary and Mollie Ray students improve their achievement in reading and math, with a very large and still-growing cadre of volunteers. In  addition to having volunteers in the classroom they host other activities, such as the school’s annual Spring Carnival, or Field Day making sure each student has a day of fun. The church donates books, school supplies, clothing, computers and other electronics. St. Luke’s Educational IMPACT has made a huge impact on the academic and social life of Pineloch and Mollie Ray’s students, teachers and families.
Church and school leaders (pastor and designated church coordinator & school principal) are the key components for making this program a success. It is true, that when your leaders speak, members listen. To learn more, please contact St. Luke's Educational IMPACT representative Dr. Ruth McKeefery at (407) 876-4991 ext. *226 or by email at Rmckeefery@st.lukes.org.
 

 Partnership = Action

 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Puts Partnership Into Action
Partner Schoool: Palmetto Elementary
Over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Orlando South Stake), led by Community Outreach & Public Affairs Director Kayleen Stroud, has modeled best practices with the Faith-based Adopt-a-School Initiative in partnering with Palmetto Elementary.
Their continual dedication and involvement has led to successful weekly mentoring pairing of many of their members with Palmetto students.  Moreover, their leadership and initiative have spearheaded several significant events that generated numerous resources for the students at Palmetto.  Their work with Palmetto’s food pantry has provided sustenance during the summer months as well as generous holiday baskets.  They have had a steady hand in ongoing fundraising efforts and contributed significant service hours to projects such as the school rummage sale, school beautification projects, donated books, and food & clothing drives. 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has also staffed and organized special events such as the FCAT Carnival, obtained donations for Teacher Appreciation luncheons and other teacher recognition events. Their comprehensive contributions to Palmetto Elementary play a primary role in helping the school build a culture of increased parental involvement and student success.
 

 AACCC Host Food Drive

 
More than 70 Richmond Heights and Apopka Elementary families were the recipients of a food drive, hosted by The African-American Council of Christian Clergy (AACCC).
 
On Easter Sunday, the congregations of the AACCC answered the call to donate to families in need. They collected almost two trucks full of canned and dried food items. The two centralized drop-off locations were Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church and St. Mark African-American Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
 
The AACCC is a Partner in Education with the Superintendent's Faith-Based Initiative to cultivate continuous community involvement in neighborhood schools to harness the power of volunteerism and servant leadership across Orange County.
 

 Christ to the Nations Church

 
Partner Schoool:
Bonneville Elementary
 
Pastor Jaime Faberlle Leads by Example
A mentor encourages, inspires and gives hope to a student in need. Pastor Jaime Faberlle of Christ to the Nations has partnered with Bonneville Elementary to do just that. Every Monday morning he meets with his mentee to offer guidance and a listening ear. His mentee thrives on his consistent care and concern and eagerly awaits his arrival. Mr. Faberlle gives his mentee positive attention by being a stellar mentor and role model. He stays in constant communication with the mentee’s teacher to track his academic progress and offer support wherever needed.  He is also the coordinator for the program All ProDads. This program allows fathers to meet in a safe environment and discuss ways that they can help their children academically and socially as well as offer outside resources for the family.  In addition, he recruits additional mentors from his church and holds trainings for all volunteers interested in becoming a mentor.  We applaud his leadership and are grateful for his hard work and dedication.
 

 Kickoff Photo

 
 

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 Video Spotlight

 
 

 Simple Steps

 
  1. Select a school of your choice.  Click here for the School Directory.
  2. Contact the school's Partners in Education Coordinator to discuss partnering opportunities.
  3. Both faith-based organization and school should plan at least three activities per year.
 

 Pastor's Weekly Tips

 
Pastors are encouraged to emphasize the importance of parental and community involvement by announcing weekly tips provided by OCPS.
 
Please check this site often for new announcements/tips.
 READ, READ, READ! 
  • Read to your children
  •  Let them read to you
  • Read together and discuss
  • Visit the public library regularly
 
Get Involved
  •   Teachers are your partners to help your child find success. 
  • Go to PTA meetings, Open House, or parent/teacher conferences. 
  • If you can’t get there, never hesitate to call and schedule a telephone conference with a teacher.
 
 

 Faith-Based Partners

 
Abundant Harvest Ministry
African American Council of Christian Clergy
Agape Perfect Praise & Worship Center
All Saints Episcopal Church
American Muslim Youth Leadership Council
Apostolic Worship Center
Apostolic Worship Center Child Development
Arise Christian Church
Audubon Park Covenant Church Women 
Avalon Church
Calvary Church of the Nazarene
​Centro de la Familia Cristiana
Christ Kingdom Church
Christ to the Nations Church
Christian Service Center/Love Pantry
Christian Family Worship Center
Congregation of Reform Judaism
Destiny Community Church
Discovery Church
Discovery Church East, *IMPACT
Discovery Church West, *IMPACT
Downtown Baptist Church Orlando
Emmanuel Community Baptist Church
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Evangel Assembly of God
Faith Assembly Youth Group
Faith Center Ministries
Faith United Methodist Church, *IMPACT
FaithWorld Center of Orlando
First Baptist Child Enrichment Center
First Baptist Church of Orlando  
First Baptist Church Windermere
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando After School
First United Methodist Church
Florida Hospital Seventh Day Adventist Church
Focal Point Church
Friends Community Church
Genesis Church Orlando
Genesis Spanish Seventh Day Adventist
Glad Tidings Church
Glory and Majesty Worship Center
Grace Baptist Church of Apopka
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church
Grace Orlando Church
Hands of Hope
Highpoint Church
Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center
Hope Presbyterian Church
House of Prayer & Praise
Iglesia De Dios
Interfaith Council of Central Florida
Islamic Society of Central Florida/Center for Peace
JCC of Greater Orlando
Jewish Community Center
Journey Christian Church
Killarney Baptist Church
Kingdom Harvest
LifeSong Church
Livingston Street Church of God
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church 
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, *IMPACT
Mokanna Lodge
Mosaic Church
Mount Olive SDA Church
Mt. Olive AME Church
Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church
New Bethel AME Church
New Covenant Baptist Church
New Experience Church
New Life Community Church of The Nazarene
Orlando Baptist Church
Orlando Christian Prep
Outreach Love
Park Lake Presbyterian Child Care
Park Lake Presbyterian Church
Pershing Christian Church
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church 
Real Life Christian Church
Redeeming Light Center
Reeves Memorial United Methodist Church
Rex Institute-Grave B. Church
Riverside Baptist Church
Sanctuary of Praise
Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Sikh Society of Central Florida
Solid Rock Baptist Church
Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church
St Mary Magdalen Child Care Center
St. James Cathedral
St. John's Lutheran Church of Winter Park
St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Tangelo Park Baptist Church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hunter's Creek Stake *IMPACT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Orlando South Stake
The Experience Christian Center
Trinity Anglican Church
Union Park Christian School
University Carillon United Methodist Church
University Presbyterian Church
Vista Church
Westside Community Church
Westwood Church
Woodbury Presbyterian Church
Young Life Orlando - Urban
Zellwood United Methodist Church, *IMPACT
 
*St. Luke's United Methodist Church has expanded their IMPACT program by recruiting and training other faith-based organizations on ways to partner with schools.
 
If your organization is partnered with a school and is not listed, please make sure an official partnership agreement has been established with the school coordinator or the district office. Upon completion, contact the Community Resources for the website to be updated.