Parma Park Elementary School

GIFTS OF HOPE        SHARING OUR LOVE 

Christmas is a time of joy as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Church services, dinners with families, opening gifts, sharing Christian love and the blessing of the holiday season are many of the things we look forward to during the holidays. Everyone is not as fortunate as we are so once again we are asking you to open your hearts to the students at Parma Park. We will be working with Parma Park to help provide a Christmas for several families who cannot provide one for themselves this year.

There are tickets for the needed items on the SCHOOLBUS in the Narthex. Please take one of the tickets, purchase the item(s), and return it wrapped with the ticket attached to the outside of the package. All wrapped and labeled gifts should be placed in the SCHOOLBUS. More information will be coming as we get the information from Parma Park. If you cannot shop, but would like to help, contact Loretta Cross or Jackie Difford. Thank you for helping to share the joys of the season with these families.  PLEASE RETURN YOUR ITEMS NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 10!




Divinity Lutheran Church has always had a special relationship with Parma Park Elementary School, which sits adjacent to its property. The school served as the site of worship services for the Divinity congregation from 1953 until 1965, when the current church structure was dedicated.

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Over the years the two institutions have collaborated on many community events. Today the church's volunteers provide school supplies, books, and other essentials such as winter coats, mittens, scarves (many of them hand-made!), and shoes to the students at Parma Park.
 
In addition, the congregation provides Christmas gifts and food to families who might have to skip the celebration due to tight finances.

One of the greatest gifts the children have received is the GIFT OF TIME AND LOVE as a result of a tutoring program provided by Divinity volunteers. The dedicated members who provide an hour of tutoring on Tuesdays have touched the hearts of parents, teachers, and most of all, the hearts of the children with whom they have worked. The program not only strengthens students’ skills, but provides them with one-on-one attention from an adult who imparts knowledge and listens to the student. The school has seen a boost in students’ self-esteem and an increase in their interest and success in school since the tutoring program was implemented!
 
In 2008, Divinity also made space for temporary housing when the school was evacuated for a gas leak.  
 
 
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Divinity Church,
Jun 8, 2012, 5:10 AM
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