Children and Families
We eagerly provide many types of help to Keeling Elementary, serving a disadvantaged neighborhood in the center of Tucson, in the belief that we have the most impact by focusing our efforts on a particular school.
Our volunteers help first graders catch up in reading through the individualized Reading Sprouts program that we developed in conjunction with Keeling Elementary’s reading specialists. Tutors spend one day a week working with students one on one.
Started in early 2018 this program is held once a month at Keeling Elementary providing much needed food to those families living in the neighborhood. The Community Food Bank provides the food and we supply the volunteers who set up the food, welcome and sign in clients, and clean up.
‘BACKPACK’ NUTRITION PROGRAM
Volunteers pack a weekly nutrition supplement for nearly 100 students who might not have adequate food for the weekend when the free breakfast and lunch they get at school are not available. Rotating teams meet weekly at the school to fill the grocery bags that students take home.
SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
Each summer many caring souls within the congregation contribute a very large load of much needed school supplies including paper, pencils, crayons, glue, face tissues and backpacks that are delivered to Keeling just before the start of the school year. Teachers come “shop” for supplies to set up their classrooms.
The same caring souls love buying gifts for children especially at Christmas! When money is scarce Keeling parents can find donations of food and clothing but not necessarily brand new Christmas presents. The gifts help make the holidays a little merrier for about 75 children each year.
TAX-CREDIT DONATION PROGRAM
Tax-credit donations each year provide field trips and other extracurricular activities to Keeling students. Underprivileged schools typically don’t receive much of this help but with a big boost from our members and others, Keeling received more such assistance than any other elementary school in its school district.
REUNION HOUSE YOUTH SHELTER
Our help goes to providing summer activities for teens who are homeless and living in temporary care. They are able to attend school during the school year but gaining access to local events and activities helps keep them busy in the summer.