Lend a helping hand before the first bell rings

August 25, 2009

Community and church volunteers paint an Apollo Elementary School portable classroom Aug. 22 during Help A Teacher Day 2009. The Aug. 22 event was one of two sponsored by Pine Lake Covenant Church. Contributed

Community and church volunteers paint an Apollo Elementary School portable classroom Aug. 22 during Help A Teacher Day 2009. The Aug. 22 event was one of two sponsored by Pine Lake Covenant Church. Contributed

Bringing an apple for teachers may be an excellent idea the first day, but how about helping them get their classrooms ready?

Some teachers, especially those recently hired, spend long hours putting their classrooms together. Pine Lake Covenant Church is asking for your help.

This year, church pastors and volunteers are sponsoring Help A Teacher Day 2009 Aug. 29. Volunteers are assigned to teachers in the Issaquah School District who need help prepping their classroom.

Volunteer teams will work at Apollo, Challenger, Cougar Ridge, Grand Ridge, Issaquah Valley and Sunset elementary schools, and in special-education classrooms at Tiger Mountain Community and Skyline high schools.

“The idea came in response to all the budget-cut news wires they were sending out to keep the community informed,” Beth Yeager, community mission pastor for the church, said about district and state communications. “Knowing teachers face challenges in the year coming up, with increased class sizes and reductions in resources, this is a way to come alongside teachers.

“We want to support them and to let them know the community is grateful for their teaching, and let them know we are behind and support them.” Read more

Give teachers a helping hand before school starts

August 21, 2009

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 21, 2009

Bringing an apple for the teacher may be an excellent idea the first day, but how about helping them get their classrooms ready?

Some teachers, especially those recently hired, spend long hours putting their classrooms together, which is why Pine Lake Covenant Church is asking for your help.

This year, church pastors and volunteers are sponsoring Help A Teacher Day 2009 for the next two Saturdays. Volunteers are assigned to teachers in the Issaquah School District who need help prepping their classrooms.

Read more