SWANSBORO COMMUNITY MINISTRIES
WHAT IS SWANSBORO COMMUNITY MINISTRIES?
The Swansboro community is located on Richmond’s south side and over the course of several years Reveille has committed to building strong, vital partnerships in the community. Reveille works with Swansboro Elementary School, Koinonia Christian Church, and Love Center of Unity Full Gospel Church International. These partnerships have resulted in a number of ministry programs.
$500 Donated for Books at Swansboro Elementary
On March 2, 2020, Read Across America Day at Swansboro Elementary School included the distribution of books to students to take home to keep and read. In the fall of 2018, Reveille member Vickey Verwey convinced her sorority sisters in the Richmond Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi to apply for a book grant for the school from the Pi Beta Phi Foundation and books were provided to students. The Club wanted to continue to help Swansboro students. This year they donated $500 for the school librarian to purchase two books for each child. Vickey and six other club members also enjoyed reading at Swansboro for Read Across America Day.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Due to the coronavirus outbreak Swansboro Elementary ended their 2020 spring semester early. Check our weekly email for opportunities to help the school through our Communities in Schools partnership.
DRIVE CAMPERS TO WESTVIEW ON THE JAMES
One of the reasons I like spring is because it is camp registration time and I like Westview on the James. Twenty-five students at Swansboro will be selected to attend Westview on the James June 14-19, 2020, thanks to a contribution from you here at Reveille. This is an unbelievable week for these children as a first camping experience. If they have been to Westview before, they will seek out Ellen Ficker, the CIS representative, on the first day of school to ask about registering for camp a second time. Last summer on the way to camp, just past Crozier one of the boys in my car said, “Is this the country? Because I want to live out here!” Arriving at Westview, the Swansboro campers are scattered among hogans according to age and gender. For several summers I have heard on closing night that each hogan was a great community playing, eating, working, and praying together. Counselors and campers clearly bond with one another. Westview is a special family of all God’s children.
CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
Check out this year’s volunteer brochure to learn more about ways you can support the school this fall.
Help in Swansboro Elementary Classrooms
Reveille is recruiting helpers each school year to serve at Swansboro Elementary School in specific areas identified by the school leadership and teachers. Ellen Ficker, the Community in Schools site coordinator for Swansboro Elementary, is Reveille’s primary contact to facilitate arrangements. Opportunities are in the following areas:
Join Reveille’s team in partnership with Koinonia Christian Church after school on Mondays, 4:30-6:00 pm, to conduct art projects, games, dance, and other recreation. Volunteers are welcome to join Reveille’s Marvelous Mondays team, led by Sheelagh Davis, to assist students in the after-school program with arts, crafts, games, dance, homework, and other enrichment activities. To get involved, contact Sheelagh Davis.
The volunteer is matched with one or two students with whom they meet once a week for 45 minutes to an hour during class time or around the recess/lunch block. The volunteer helps the student with specific subject areas identified by the teacher, usually math or reading, enjoys recreation like tossing a frisbee or football, and spending one-on-one time with a child. Volunteers can choose whether they prefer to work with one or two students at a time. Current mentors may continue with their student-mentee relationship. Frequency: Weekly
Reveille and others provide clothes and supplies during the year. Help is needed to keep them organized for quick and easy distribution and to keep an adequate supply throughout the year. The closet is located in the school administrative area. Frequency: Monthly
Parental engagement breakfasts are new for this coming year and dates will be scheduled this fall. Volunteers are needed to provide food for the breakfast. A sign up form will be distributed in advance. Ellen Ficker will provide details about the number of attendees (approximately six – 12 parents), amounts and types of food, time, and room location. Frequency: Monthly
Come tour Swansboro Elementary to learn more about the school and its children.
Reveille supports Swansboro Elementary by providing school supplies, Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance, the Boys in Blue kickoff and closing, Read Across America Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, and Westview on the James camperships.
After School Scholarships
Scholarships cover the cost of the after school program. The cost per student is $120 per year or $60 per semester and will be needed in early September. Students will be selected by the site supervisor in the fall. This program is limited to a maximum of 36 elementary school students.
For more information, contact:
JOINT PARTNER CHURCH COMMITTEES
Five committees were formed with members from Reveille, Koinonia Christian Church and Love Center of Unity:
- Worship – plans one or two joint worship services each year
- Joint Studies – plans an annual study series and other events
- Fellowship – plans two joint fellowship events each year
- Transportation Taskforce – advocates for improved public transportation
- Prayer – creates prayer partners between the churches and holds several prayer events throughout the year
For more information about getting involved with the committees, please contact Jill Gaynor.
WESTVIEW ON THE JAMES CAMPERSHIPS
Each year, Reveille helps send 25 Swansboro Elementary School students to summer camp for a week at Westview on the James. Children are selected by their school to receive a campership based on financial need. Reveille volunteers help children prepare for the experience and provide transportation to and from camp. Help also is needed in meeting with the families to complete paperwork and shop for camp supplies. See the story above for more information.