Community Invited to Serve on Teacher Encouragement Teams
In an ongoing effort to support its neighborhood school partner Anderson Elementary, Westbury United Methodist Church in Houston will hold an informational meeting about new Teacher Encouragement Teams and other ways to volunteer on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 3:30 p.m. in the church’s parlor. This meeting is open to anyone in the community who cares about local education.?Westbury UMC plans to launch seven Teacher Encouragement Teams (one for each grade level, pre-K through 5th grade) for the spring semester, with engagement from interested Westbury neighbors in addition to church members.?
“We’re looking for a variety of individuals, families, grandparents and young adults who are will invest in Anderson’s continued success,” says Erin Oropeza, Westbury UMC’s Anderson liaison. “We can do this by directly supporting teachers through emails, cards, prayer and acts of kindness, like delivering baked goods or classroom supplies. Each of us has something to offer!”??This initiative is motivated by research that shows higher performing schools rely on community connection and support, according to the National Education Association. Westbury UMC also believes that by strengthening connections with teachers, these mutually transforming relationships will reflect God’s grace and love and have a positive impact on the whole neighborhood.?
People serving on Teacher Encouragement Teams are asked to make a commitment for one school year. Since the role requires minimal daytime hours, this is ideal for working parents, those who have limited time or for those who aren’t sure about volunteering in the classroom.?
To be a part of this initiative, or to learn more, contact Erin Oropeza, Anderson–Westbury UMC liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office at (713) 723-0175. Westbury UMC is located in southwest Houston on the corner of W. Bellfort and Willowbend.?