First United Methodist Church Donates School Supplies

School Supplies for USD 253 Children and Families
May 2017

First United Methodist Church has partnered with community churches and organizations again this year to continue the school supply ministry for children and families of USD 253, Emporia Public Schools. With the amazing response of gratitude and appreciation from students, teachers, and parents from across the city of Emporia who received these supplies last year, the serve team of First United Methodist Church has recognized the importance of continuing this ministry and the value in working as a community with and for one another in this effort.

Several opportunities are available for churches and organizations across Emporia to assist in this endeavor including volunteering time, money, or “adopting a school.” In order for an individual or organization to adopt a school, they must donate the estimated amount for school supplies for that school based on enrollment projections. First United Methodist Church is purchasing all supplies for each school with the money collected and organizing the effort as a way to keep the process streamlined as well as collaborative.  

In addition to monetary donations from First United Methodist Church, a variety of people and groups have donated money and adopted schools. The churches that have joined in this community effort so far include Grace United Methodist Church, who adopted Riverside Elementary, and First Congregational Church, who held a fundraiser and donated the proceeds to the general school supply effort. In addition, the Emporia Lions Club has adopted Logan Avenue Elementary. Individual members of First United Methodist church have continued to give to the school supply effort this year with the addition of monetary contributions from the United Methodist Women and the adoption of Maynard Elementary by the United Methodist Men. First United Methodist Church continues to receive donations from individuals even from outside of the city of Emporia who have heard about this outreach ministry and wish to be a part of its success! It is a blessing to be in ministry with such a wide range of people!

So far, the community has raised $11,444 for the school supply effort, which is not enough to cover all of the supplies for USD 253 Schools, so the serve team of First United Methodist Church has decided to make donating school supplies to the elementary schools their first priority for the 2017-2018 school year. The church is still accepting donations as the year comes to an end and is hopeful to still be able to provide at least some supplies to the Middle School and High School for the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you to all those in our community who are involved in this work! We are truly making a difference in the lives of Emporia’s children and families, and in our future! If you are interested in still being a part of the school supply effort for this year by donating money or adopting a school please e-mail Christine Potter at, send checks to First UMC at 823 Merchant, Emporia, KS 66801, or call the church office at 620-342-6186. It is great to be a part of the Emporia community!

Article from the Emporia Gazette
School Supply Donation Eases Parent Stress

Check out a letter from a USD 253 Teacher/Parent