By Chris Wilbur
In August and September, we will be collecting school supplies and new or gently used khaki pants (sizes 3T- 14) for Stanton Elementary School. Needed school supplies include 24 count crayons, #2 pencils, glue sticks, blunt-nosed scissors, rulers, and black marble composition books. Donation baskets are located in the church narthex as well as the Fellowship Building.
Vacation Bible School children will also be collecting school supplies for Stanton in August.
DC Scholars at Stanton Elementary School:
Twenty-three years ago, Trinity UMC began a partnership with a struggling inner city elementary school then called Stanton. Over the years there have been remarkable volunteers who went weekly to the school tutoring and supporting individual students. We lost two of those remarkable mentors this past school year, Ed King and Steve Washenko. Ed, whose passion was instilling phonics in the struggling reader, and Steve, who patiently listened to the home life stories of his students were well known by the student body. In the hallway they would be greeted by calls of “Take me,” meaning, take me out of class and give me individual attention, too. Ed mentored at Stanton for over 15 years, while Steve was an 11 year veteran. I know these men made a special impact on children whose own fathers were often missing. Then again, for Ed and Steve, these children were special. They kept them coming back. We are grateful for the years Ed and Steve served as Stanton volunteers, and we miss them.