2018 Back to School 2018 Rally equips over 160 students with back packs and grade-specific school supplies
DeKalb County School District students will be heading back to class on Monday, August 6, 2018 and the Victory For The World Church is making sure that the students are adequately prepared.
On Saturday, July 28th the church hosted its 2018 “Back to School Rally.” Victory’s “Partners in Education Ministry” organizes the annual event. It hosts families in need within the community and provides backpacks and grade-appropriate school supplies. Thanks to the generous donations of the Victory Church members, over nearly 160 backpacks were given away to students from Pre-K through High School. The students and their families also enjoyed a morning of festivities, which included music, games, face painting and lunch.
DeKalb School District leaders, principals, teachers, and counselors were in attendance to talk to the parents about the work that is being done to ensure that their students get the highest level of education that they expect of their educators. Also, on hand was a school resource officer to talk to students about school safety and how to handle bullying, as well as, the DeKalb County Board of Health who was present to offer blood pressure tests and to talk to parents about the importance of immunizations prior to enrolling their students. In addition, the “Victory in the Vote Ministry” was onboard to register voters and to encourage older students to get registered.
On Sunday, July 29, 2018, Victory’s Pastor, Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel, thanked the congregation and the volunteers for their donations and for all of the hard work that went into to making the rally a huge success.
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Victory Partners in Education Ministry — Making a Difference in Community Schools
Frontline school advocate for three years!
Organizing the annual Victory Back to School Rally and supporting Stone Mill Elementary School throughout the school year — the Victory Partners in Education (PIE) Ministry has been a powerful ministry for several years. PIE Ministry Coordinator Lynn Prime is a retired Delta Airlines flight attendant and trainer who served in the Gwinnett School System for many years as a substitute teacher and administrative assistant. She is a proven leader, able to activate an army of volunteers with her loving personality and motivational charm.
PIE Coordinator Lynn Prime has volunteered at Stone Mill Elementary for the last 3 years where she has become irreplaceable according to the School Principal Dr. Kyia Clark.
Replicate the model, expand the Vision!
This Summer, Victory Pastor Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel expressed a desire to expand the PIE Ministry to include other schools in the Victory community. An appeal was announced in Church for interested volunteers. PIE Ministry Coordinator, Lynn Prime reported a total of eight current and retired educators that came forward! Letters of introduction from Dr. Samuel to the Principals of four local schools received 100% acceptance for the Victory PIE Ministry volunteers.
PIE members recently volunteered at Stone Mill Elementary School for their Red Ribbon Week activities which culminated with their annual parade in which Gwen Graves and Mandy Fridge participated.
PIE Ministry launches new school year with exponential support.
Victory PIE volunteers, driven by the strength of their increased membership, were in place when the 2017-2018 school year started and completed training, briefings on school policies and procedures, and received direction on areas where support is needed in four schools: Stone Mill Elementary, Stone Mountain Middle, Stone Mountain High and Elizabeth Andrews High.
PIE Ministry was on hand to support Stone Mill Elementary School as students show school colors.
Stone Mountain High School Marching Band leading the parade supported by Victory.
New horizons abound.
The PIE ministry is very busy with many opportunities in focus to support the Victory school community. Next up, Ministry members David Brewer and Kipper Jones, will be visiting Elizabeth Andrews High School on Friday, November 10, to speak to students during their career week activities. PIE Coordinator Lynn Prime and PIE Co-coordinator Donnette Cruickshank who teaches at the school will also be on hand to support the event.
For more information about the Partners in Education Ministry, email email@example.com.