Teachers receive more blame and disrespect in political debates about public education than they deserve. At the beginning of the school year, worship services can honor teachers, celebrate their contributions, and bless their future work. Create a community event at the end of the school year to celebrate the accomplishments of students and teachers. Other ideas from school-partnering churches include contributing or funding supplies used in the classroom, hosting a thank-you lunch for teachers, and providing volunteers for the classroom, lunchroom, or playground.

From The Parish Paper, Back to School: How Churches Can Partner with Local Schools by Cynthia Woolever