Human Concerns: Micah Initiative

Micah Initiative

Through The Micah Initiative, Redeemer is partnering with Bellevue Elementary School in Richmond’s Church Hill. We will provide volunteers as tutors, lunch buddies or mentors to individual students that have been identified by their teachers as in need of a little extra support.  The volunteer commitment is weekly or every other week. The children in Richmond City Schools come from families which have the lowest income, the lowest literacy level, and the highest degree of emotional and situational stress.  There is no more important need in our community than the education and nurture of our children.  The schools in our most distressed neighborhoods do not have the resources to do this by themselves so, let’s jump in and help.  Our children’s need is a call from God to those of us who can answer. “And what does the Lord require of us, but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God?” – Micah 6:8

For additional information on The Micah Initiative, please contact Diane Atkins at 
DAtkins@ChurchRedeemer.org
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or in the office at 746-4911 ext. 2222.


 

Church of the Redeemer Micah Initiative

Making a Difference in the Life of a Child

On a crisp and cool Monday morning in early fall, we made our way from Redeemer to the “Castle on the Hill”, otherwise known as Bellevue Elementary School, located at 2301 Grace Street in Richmond’s Church Hill. It was almost 9:00 a.m. when we arrived and were ushered into the school by a group of children who were being dropped off a little late for school. Their excitement was contagious as we all climbed the stairs and headed into the office. After signing in, we headed to the basement to classes 101 and 102 where we would share our morning with a lively group of 4 year old boys and girls.
As new volunteers, we had the opportunity to read stories to the children, sing songs about letters (like Oscar the Octopus who loves the color Orange and the Opera), practice patterns and color and cut. An additional adult in the classroom was a big help to the teacher and allowed each of us the time to help those children who were struggling a little more than the others with the day’s concepts and strategies. Perhaps most importantly, we began to build relationships of trust with the children and teachers.
Reports show that children in Richmond City Schools come from families which have the lowest income, the lowest literacy level, and the highest degree of emotional and situational stress in our area.  Don’t we all agree that there is nothing more important than the education and nurture of our children?  The schools in our most distressed neighborhoods do not have the resources of those schools in the surrounding counties.   Through The Micah Initiative, Redeemer is partnering with Bellevue Elementary School for this 2010/2011 school year. We are providing volunteers who may tutor, be a lunch buddy or mentor to students that have been identified by their teachers as in need of a little extra support.  This volunteer commitment is weekly or every other week. Please join us and volunteer your time with the children of Bellevue. “And what does the Lord require of us, but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God?” – Micah 6:8

Check out the Micah Broshure for more information on the Micah Initiative.
For additional information on The Micah Initiative, please contact Diane Atkins
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or LeRoy Orie