Sunday, April 5, 2020

Newport schools receive financial gift from Newport First Baptist Church

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Three pastors from Newport First Baptist Church have presented Yaquina View Elementary, Sam Case Elementary, Newport Middle School and Newport High School area principals with a check for $1,000 to spend on supporting students at West-area schools.

The Lincoln County School District has identified 849 students, K-12, who are without permanent housing and are receiving assistance through our Homeless Education and Literacy Project.

“We are always in need of donations and appreciate the kindness of the Newport First Baptist Church for supporting these students,” LCSD Superintendent Dr. Karen Gray said.

Pastor Small explained how the Friday, April 26, presentation came about:

“For the church, Easter is about celebrating God’s perfect provision to meet our greatest need,” he said. “As we anticipated, celebrating on Resurrection Sunday, we wanted to find some practical way that we could mirror the heart of God by addressing specific needs.

“The plan was to receive an offering from the congregation on Easter Sunday with the intention of giving it all away…The checks were given with the instruction, ‘Use this money at your discretion to meet the needs that aren’t funded through the regular sources.’”

Plans to use the funds at all the West-area schools are centered on feeding and giving supplies to the families and students in need at the schools.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for this gift of love,” Sam Case Elementary School Principal Shelley Moore said. Sam Case has been trying to figure out how to start an on-campus food pantry for our students and families and this will get us well on our way.”

Principal Kristin Becker of Yaquina View Elementary gave the pastors hugs and teared up at being able to support many more children than she’d originally thought she’d be able to this year.

“We will spend that money to purchase additional gift cards for families when we have run out of cards we receive for use at JC Market by an anonymous benefactor,” she said. “The cards from the benefactor tend to come around the winter holidays and then late spring.

“We are putting this money from Newport First Baptist Church into the fund so that we can purchase cards during that in-between time. Our families do call us (thanks in large part to the connections of our Family Advocate, Tami Harris, with our families) to let us know they are hungry.”

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