At about the same time (because God doesn’t do coincidences), KIN leadership sat down with the ELL guidance counselor and one of the ELL teachers. When we heard of this desire, we knew we could help. That’s when the call went out to our network. We made some phone calls, sent some emails, and talked to some individuals: Could they or their churches contribute $10 hat/scarf/gloves sets for these teenagers?
Three churches rose to the occasion, and with people from four other churches adding one or two sets each, our network contributed 119 cold-weather sets! Some are “girly,” some are “boyish,” and some would suit anyone. Earlier this week, we lugged two boxes and dragged a tote through the front door of Central High School: 120 sets of hats, scarves, and gloves to bless their ELL students.
READY TO GET INVOLVED?
Since this story was published, we've developed a way for every ELL teacher in Knox County to be connected to a church or small group so their students can get the external support (including cold weather gear) they need to thrive. If you’re already part of that network, thank you! If you’re not, we would love to let you know how it works. Contact us today!
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