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Brightwood CC SPARKS Summer 2019

The Brightwood Community Center SPARKS summer camp plans to reach 36 youth during their annual summer program June 17 - July 26, 2019, with the program being extended to 6 weeks this year. The BCC summer camp program focuses both on Leadership Development and Risk-Taking Mission and Service. Their mission is to transform lives through the love of Christ by providing a safe haven for educational, spiritual, and physical growth.

SPARK stands for service, passion, achievement, responsibility, and knowledge. BCC is located within the Martindale-Brightwood community and strives to remedy inadequacies of local under-performing schools in striving for social justice and leadership development.

The SPARKS summer camp impacts the youth by supporting them in maintaining or increasing their reading levels during the summer, successfully avoiding the summer "learning drop" for these youth. Activities will focus on the youth building confidence. The program also allows older youth to develop leadership skills as junior counselors. This year, Brightwood Community Center has acquired five new laptops to better assist the youth in completing summer projects.

Last Published: May 7, 2019 4:39 PM
2019 Church & School Collaboration Grants

In July 2019, Metro Ministries, Inc. announced a new grant program focused on church and community collaboration. For the program's first year, churches in the Central District were invited to apply for one of a limited number of grants of up to $1,000 each. The Request for Proposal asked churches to connect with  a school in their community and propose a project or program to support that school's faculty and staff. We are pleased to announce the recipients of these Church and School Collaboration Grants:

  • Christ Indianapolis UMC for Winchester Village Elementary Collaboration, where the Smekens writing program for staff development had been cut from the school’s budget, and the grant will be used to renew the 2019-2020 subscription. This program provides teachers with valuable research-based strategies focused on reading and writing.

 

  • Franklin Grace UMC for “Intersections with Webb Elementary”, where a three-part program was proposed: 1) coordination of multi-disciplined event to help teachers and staff better aid children and their families who have experienced trauma; 2) contribute children’s clothing for the school nurse to distribute; and 3) sponsor a Teacher Appreciation event to be held at Webb Elementary.

 

  • Greenfield Otterbein UMC for “Weston Elementary Collaboration”, where the church will forge a new relationship with Weston Elementary through gift cards for teachers to purchase needed supplies, appreciation luncheons and supporting students through read-up and lunch buddies programs.

 

  • Mount Olive Ministries UMC for “Bridgeport Partnership”, where a three-part program was proposed: 1) meals for staff during October conference time; 2) provide snacks for staff during ILEARN testing; and 3) take the Sweet Valley Ice Cream Truck to the school one afternoon at the end of the school year.

 

  • Old Bethel UMC for “Trauma Training for Pleasant Run Elementary Staff”, where school staff and administrators will seek training from Dr. Lori Sesautels who specializes in training educators to work with children who have behavioral issues due to trauma. Dr. Sesautels also works with schools to create systems to help students thrive.

 

  • Southport UMC for “Homecroft Elementary Outdoor Classroom”, where an outdoor classroom will be built for both teachers and students to enjoy, as well as provide outdoor space for teachers to eat lunch. Southport intends to involve teachers, students and students’ caregivers in the construction process.

 

  • Trinity Park UMC for “Harris Elementary Support Project”, where each teacher will receive direct support towards supplies and programs for their individual classrooms.

 

  • University UMC for “Crooked Creek Elementary School Project”, where a three-part program was proposed: 1) supporting the school’s Peer to Peer staff recognition program; 2) supporting Crooked Creek’s “Minute to Win It” competition between the school’s “houses” (think Harry Potter); and 3) purchase books and incentivize UMW members to be volunteer readers by awarding completion certificates to volunteers and participating students.

 

Metro Ministries, Inc. congratulates and thanks all of these churches for reaching out to their neighboring schools and taking the time to engage and drafting proposals. Way to collaborate with your communities!!!

Felicia Renteria
Scholarship Recipient

Felicia Renteria is a sophomore at Indiana State University. This is Felicia’s second scholarship from the Brookside legacy. We met Felicia last year as an incoming freshman at Indiana State University. She is majoring in Psychology, and her goal is to own her own business as a therapist or social worker. Felicia has followed up with Lisa Morris, Metro Ministries Executive Director, during the year as she completed her freshman year at Indiana State University. Felicia expressed how blessed she was to experience the love of our church family. Following the annoucement, she shared in her recent email, “Thank you so much for the email and opportunity! I'm so thankful for you all!” 

Britney Bailey
Scholarship Recipient

Britney Bailey is a 2018 graduate of Pike High School and an incoming freshman at Purdue University. She was referred to us through Outreach Inc., an east-side organization whose mission is “Equipping and empowering homeless teens and young adults to achieve stability and life transformation.” Britney’s reaction to our scholarship announcement was, “Wow, thank you all so much! This is such a blessing. I cannot express how thankful I am!”

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