But whoever would be great among you must be your servant,  and whoever
would be first among you must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man
came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
(Mark 10:43b–45 ESV)
The greatest among you shall be your servant. (Matthew 23:11 ESV)
Grahamwood Elementary School is a Shelby County City serves
1,034 students, (33% Caucasian, 34% African American, 23% Hispanic, and 10%
other) with about half in the scholars program and half in the optional
program, in grades PK-6 and the school is located at 3959 Summer Ave, Memphis,
TN 38122. The scholar’s program makes up around half of the school with 85% of
those students on free or reduced lunches. This is one of the most incredible
schools in Memphis, TN. It is in the midst of a low-income community with a ton
of great students and loving families. Many of the students at G.E.S. have a
difficult time getting the supplies they need to start the school year. This is
a great opportunity for the you to help us support and serve an amazing school.
We desire to support and serve the families in the community
that represent the scholars program within Grahamwood Elementary who are in
need. The simplest way to help is to serve the students and ensure they start
the year off the best they can free from worry due to financial burdens of
overworked families is to start by providing backpacks. This time of the year
can be incredibly stressful especially for the families with multiple students
in this community. You can help by giving to the We Got Your Back Project lead
by Missio Dei Church. Through your generosity we get to serve the school by
supporting the students by providing backpacks full of school supplies, help
take any unnecessary financial burden off of their families, assist teachers
Missio Dei Church is strategically partnering with Grahamwood
Elementary by adopting the school. We want to be all in to love and serve an
entire community by investing in the education of these children. All our investment
and involvement with the school and the community is done in an effort to make
Jesus known and His kingdom visible by showing God’s love in word and deed in
tangible ways. This includes, but is not limited to such things as, providing backpacks,
snacks, and lunches, school supplies for teachers, clothes, and assisting
teachers in the classroom when needed. The first step for us to gift the
students with backpacks with the basic school supplies they will need. The next
step is to look for classroom’s that represent the scholars program and assist
them with supplies and support throughout the year. Many of these teachers
often come out of their pockets to help serve the children of this amazing
mission of the Adopt-A-School program is to impact the lives of children and
the communities in which they live by enhancing the quality of public education
through partnering with an area school to establish positive relationships
through Missio Dei Church’s resources of people, time and money.
Below is a list of ways we may be able to serve and support with
in the upcoming year.
- We desire to pray for the administrators, teachers, and
faculties by name every week.
- We will survey the teachers to find out what kind of
school supplies that they needed in their classrooms. We filled every “wish
list” presented to us i.e. books, copy paper, etc. for the classrooms.
- We desire celebrate the teachers’ birthdays and seek ways
to bless and serve teachers to show our appreciation for what they are doing in
our city. i.e. doughnuts, cookies, and snacks in the teachers lounge.
- We desire to help them in any school events that we are
- We would help families in need within the school with
food, clothing, and supplies, such as our “We Got Your Back” Project to make
sure the students have the needed supplies for the school year or donate to
families in times of Holidays.
- We will invite families to any church functions to serve
them as we can.
- We desire to raise up volunteers to come and serve when
needed: classroom readers, tutoring opportunities, serve the school with
educational nights, TCAP,
- We will serve in any building and ground needs, as we are
able, i.e. painting, landscaping, up keep of outdoor classroom, helping to