The vision of One Church One School Community Partnership Program is that every school in America will be in partnership with one or more neighboring churches to improve the academic achievement, social behavior and personal development of children.
One Church One School brings together churches and schools in partnerships that teach our children to value life and to value learning. This national network of church/school partnerships also acts as a catalyst to build bridges between other community-based organizations, social service agencies, business enterprises and schools.
- One Church One School Partnerships in every state of the United States
- A cadre of trained church/school/volunteers in every OCOS partnership
- To ensure that every child in every OCOS partnership values life and values learning
- Nationwide school district implementation of OCOS church/school partnerships
- Improved student academic achievement social behavior and personal development
It takes a village to raise a child. One Church One School utilizes the "P" Principle of total involvement to provide human and fiscal resources to support a nurturing school community environment for student development. Pastors and parishioners, principals and school personnel, parents, pupils, politicians, popular personalities, and philanthropists all connect the village to the school and child.
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr. of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church launched the One Church One School initiative in 1992 while serving as pastor of the historic Carter Temple CME Church in Chicago, Illinois. He enlisted the aid of area pastors and churches to provide volunteers to help the schools in tutoring, mentoring, and other programs to increase attendance and parental involvement. OCOS has grown to become one of the national outreach ministries of the CME Church with over 200 partnerships in over 50 cities in 15 states across the country.