E.S.H. Greene Elementary
A Vision in Action: First U.U. and E.S.H. Greene Elementary
Located on Richmond’s Southside, the student population at Greene Elementary is mostly African American and Latin American with the fastest growing Latino population of any school in Richmond. Many students have parents who speak limited English and lack basic literacy skills.
More than 90 percent of the students live at or below poverty level. The needs are great, but a visit to Greene tells the fuller story. Bright and bouncy children who are eager to learn; teachers and staff who are fully committed to helping them; and colorful art and stories adorn the school walls. Greene Elementary is a place of hope that needs partners. This is where First U.U. comes in.
The church’s partnership with Greene is part of Richmond city’s Micah Initiative. Everyone engaging with Greene is a member of our “Greene Teame.” We meet on the second Monday of the month, 5:30 – 7 p.m., at the church to reflect on what we are doing; deepen our understanding of cultural differences; explore issues of marginalization and privilege; and live the deeper truth that EVERY child is OUR child.
The Greene Teame seeds of hope include: Full-bloom initiatives (completed projects), sprout initiatives (projects that are in process), and seedlings (ideas not yet realized).
- Donating coats and/or shoes
- Non-Lice Brigade: Purchase lice treatments for school nurse to have on hand
- Garden with the Garden Club
- Host Attendance Pizza Parties
- Mentor/tutor a child
- Pack Backpacks
- Read to a class
- Pen Pal Exchanges: Gives children a chance to improve reading and writing
- Family Parties at the Clubhouse at Southwood Apartments: Builds relationships
- Teacher Appreciation: Provides special treats in the teacher’s lounge
- Lead summer camp and lunch program at Southwood Clubhouse: Summer engagement & food
What have we not thought of that you want to make happen? We welcome your ideas!