Church News & Events

Truancy Initiative 2015

May 15th, 2015

Sunday, June 21 – Sunday, July 19

The Truancy Initiative is a voluntary diversion program designed to improve the school attendance of children at risk for excessive truancy and becoming school drop-outs. It is a joint effort by the Family Court – 22nd Circuit, the St. Louis Public Schools, and the St. Louis Police Department. Similar efforts in other cities have demonstrated success in increasing attendance, school performance and graduation rates, as well as reducing daytime juvenile crime rates.

FCC has made the Initiative a mission partner. Last year, we raised over $4,000.00!  This year, during the period from Sunday, June 21st through Sunday, July 5th, we hope FCC members will give again and surpass that amount.

The Mission & Outreach Committee approved use of the funds by the Deputy Juvenile Officers to purchase school uniforms, informational door signs and books for beginning readers, as well as household items for participating families. We also collect household goods for these families on the third Sunday of each month.

This summer, the FCC funds will underwrite three projects. One is day trips for 6th-9th grade children to Trout Lodge in June; they will enjoy the Alpine Tower and swing, team building and nature hikes. We hope to provide $50.00 per child for 15 children. Another is providing lunch as part of a one day program for 6th-9th grade children in Tower Grove Park. And finally, we will hold two, half day camps for elementary school children at FCC—with musical activities, games, and learning about nutrition while making lunch.

Please be a part of supporting this concrete, well-organized and on-going effort to reduce school absences and dropping out, increase literacy and reduce juvenile crime. Checks may be made out to First Congregational Church, with “truancy initiative” written in the memo line, and sent to the church office. Or one can give online, by clicking HERE. In addition, checks or cash can be dropped in a box on the table in front of the office.

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