South King Fire & Rescue announced this week that they’re partnering with local churches to benefit local students and schools to help keep them both thriving.
“In this economy with smaller budgets, Federal Way students and schools have lost funding and essential services,” reads an announcement.
“In these difficult economic times, we are pleased to partner with local church groups to help make a difference for the kids in our community,” said Fire Chief Al Church. “Our small level of assistance shows that everyone can pitch in and make a difference for our schools and the youth they are preparing for the future.”
Here are the two projects:
- School Supplies Drive
Each of the eight South King Fire & Rescue stations, Grace Church located at 1232 SW Dash Point Rd., and Lifeway Church located at 5015 SW Dash Point Rd. are collecting school supplies from July 25th through August 24th to benefit students in the 23 elementary schools in Federal Way Public Schools. The list of supplies can be found online at www.gcfw.org. Citizens and neighbors are invited to donate supplies and drop them off at any of the above locations. Every donation goes directly to help children in need, whose parents simply cannot afford these items.
- School Grounds Beautification
Unfortunately, budgets allocated for personnel and schoolyard maintenance cannot keep up with the need. Once again, South King Fire and Rescue and Grace Church, are teaming up on Saturday, August 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to beautify the campuses of Green Gables Elementary School as well as Illahee Middle School. Off-duty fire department personnel and church members will provide some of the muscle needed to move bark, pull weeds, paint, and perform other maintenance activities.
“Schools should be a welcoming place for young students, so they want to come and learn. We want to do all we can to help in that process,” said Grace Church Pastor Jon McIntosh.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED SATURDAY, AUG. 25
South King Fire & Rescue is working with Grace Church to spearhead two projects, and friends of all ages are invited to join this team of community-minded volunteers on Saturday, Aug. 25. You can sign-up to participate at www.gcfw.org or just show up Aug. 25 at either of the school locations at 9 a.m. Organizers will meet you there and put you to work – and don’t forget your work gloves!