Partnering with Schools


partnering_with_schools2We are honored to serve as a partner in education to bless James Love Elementary and Shelby Middle School in the Cleveland County Public Schools system, which believes in equipping all students with the knowledge and skills to become productive citizens in a globally competitive world by partnering with our community to provide appropriate educational experiences. Unfortunately, many of these students face greater challenges in their home life. There are several ways to serve the children and staff. They include:

  • Help with various school events throughout the school year
  • Provide school supplies for the students
  • Participate in the Backpack Ministry
  • Serve as a tutor, mentor, or lunch buddy

School supplies needed:

>  Boxes of Kleenex
>  Spiral Notebooks
>  24 count box of crayons
>  Hand Sanitizer
>  Glue Sticks
>  One-inch three ring binders
>  Liquid Hand Soap
>  #2 Pencils
>  6-Pocket folders
>  Disinfectant Wipes
>  Wide-ruled notebook paper
>  One subject spiral notebooks
>  Quart Zip-Lock Bags
>  Black & White Marbled Notebooks
>  Rulers
>  Gallon Zip-Lock Bags
>  Pencil Box
>  Dry Erase Marker

There will be boxes outside the choir room for the collection of school supplies.



The Backpack Ministry of Central United Methodist Church involves packing backpacks each week and delivering them to Shelby Middle School for students to take home over the weekend. The reality for thousands of children in the Shelby area is they will face a long weekend with little or nothing to eat. Be a blessing to these children because hunger doesn’t take the weekend off. We will purchase food with Legacy funds, pack the backpacks, and deliver them every week to Shelby Middle for distribution.  Church member may also donate non-perishable food items and/or volunteer to pack or drop-off/pick-up the backpacks.

If you are interested in any of these areas of service, please contact Lori Wilson at [email protected] for more information.