Happy Hollow

ELC Church has approved a partnership with Happy Hollow Elementary School in Fayetteville as an extension of our work with “The Outback.”  Approximately 40% of the students that attend Happy Hollow are living at or below the poverty level.  There are so many wonderful volunteer opportunities associated with this exciting partnership—one that our whole congregation can become involved in over the course of the school year.  

Happy Hollow is a “year-round” school with 2-3 intercession weeks throughout the school year and a shortened summer break.  During this intercession time, most if not all of the students who attend need a place to go during the day.  Even though there is no school in session, Happy Hollow’s doors are open to students, and they provide fun learning activities.  (for example, last year the children learned to play chess!)   We are looking for ELC members with a special skill or talent to share with the children during this time—perhaps our quilting group?  Some other needs that Happy Hollow has are people willing to be a lunch buddy where you would have lunch with a student that needs some one-on-one time, mentoring or reading with the students, providing child care during certain meetings so parents can attend (such as internet safety).  Other ways we can support Happy Hollow will be to participate in their restaurant nights out where they get a certain percentage of proceeds from a local restaurants, collecting box tops for education, and providing snacks for the structured learning classroom.  Thank you to everyone in advance for making this a successful partnership with this amazing group of students and staff.  Emmanuel Lutheran Church is indeed blessed and is a special place to worship with family and friends.  


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