In late spring 2014, Grace Church and the Bowditch School entered into a partnership. The members of Grace engaged with the 4th graders of the Bowditch school for the school year 2014-2015, and is progressing with them through their 8th grade year in 2018-2019. This continued presence in their lives gives them a real sense that there are people in the community who care about them and their education. It has been shown that forming relationships with children at this age is one of the most important ways to ensure they are successful in their education and in their lives.
The partnership presents opportunities for the people of Grace to give of their time, talent and treasure in a variety of ways. We have been donating supplies for the classrooms, hosting parent/teacher events so that parents and teachers will have the chance to talk casually together and get to know each other. We regularly arrange activities with the kids in the classrooms, and field trips to Grace which include the annual Bowditch Talent Show and arts and crafts events. Details of these happenings are in the e-news and the Sunday leaflets as well as posted on the bulletin board in the foyer.
We are currently involved in discussions with the Superintendent, and principals of the Bowditch School and the Collins Middle School to help assist in the transition of our 7th grade scholars to the Collins Middle School next year, if the planned relocation goes through. We are proud that the Salem Public Schools has identified us an important partner in the future development of the education offered to our scholars.
Each year, the scholars thank us by offering a Talent Show at Grace Church in June
Opening their "Encouragement" bags