Yesterday, we received an email from a teacher at a public school we have supported for years (John Evans IB Middle School)–and continue to support. It was written as a Letter to the Editor for our local paper, but it doesn’t look like it will be published, so I thought I’d publish it here. We are so grateful for John Evans IB Middle School and for the honor of partnering with such an amazing group of teachers and students.–Arron
The Church, The State, and Our Journey
I have been in education for 20 years now, so I am well aware of the separation of church and state. I respect and understand that separation. Everyone has opinions and reasons as to why they think these two entities should or should not remain separate.
I am not writing today to talk about whether the two should coexist, or remain separate. That is irrelevant to me. However, I am writing to say how relevant one group of unbelievable individuals, that just happen to gather as one church, has been supporting the state. To be more specific, how they are a tremendous support to John Evans.
We all know that the economy has had its toll on America and our surrounding communities. It is a period in time that has exposed growing needs at schools across Greeley and Evans. During the middle of a particularly hard stretch there were many of our students worried about whether they were going to have something to eat over the weekend. School breakfast and lunch was something they could count on, but home didn’t provide the same stability.
John Evans wanted to organize a program that would allow them to take home food over the weekend. The food bank was struggling to keep up, and we weren’t sure how we would make this program possible. Word found its way to Journey Church that we were in need.
From that moment forward we have seen nothing but an endless stream of support and giving to our school community. 75 bags of food later, that continue to show up on a weekly basis to this day, our students are able to eat at home on Saturday and Sunday. The holiday seasons have seen support with the likes our parents could have never provided in their time of need. Students who can’t afford uniforms have been dressed and ready for school. Backpacks have been filled with supplies. Flood victims from the John Evans school community who lost everything have been able to find clothing, supplies, food, water, and whatever they lost to the menacing water at Journey Church. I could write on, but the paper would not have room.
Too many times good people do good things and it goes unnoticed. I thought it important to write about these generous, kind, caring, positive, supporting individuals that happen to gather as a church. I have never attended a service, so I can’t write about what they teach. Not once have they ever tried to tell me what they teach. And, as I stated, that is irrelevant to me. Again, what is relevant to me, is that this CHURCH is full of amazing individuals who have made an incredible difference in the STATE of the well-being of our students while asking for nothing in return. Unfortunately, I don’t know what I could give them that they don’t already have, so I will simply start with a ridiculously big THANK YOU!