OCOS extends its thanks and appreciation to all teachers who persevered through a challenging school year to ensure our students had the opportunity to continue to learn and achieve in varied environments and on diverse platforms.
We are grateful for your love and commitment.
The OCOS Family
TEACHING THE VALUE OF LIFE AND LEARNING
One Church One School a 25 year volunteer based program focused on the well-being of children, youth and their families supports these young people as they experience and try to understand this horrific pandemic and its impact on their lives.
Schooling is central to their day to day existence. Now, they no longer enter a school building, eat breakfast and lunch, enjoy the banter of their classmates, learn through personal interaction with those classmates and their teacher.
Kindergartners ask why don't I go to school; as their older siblings question when do we return; will I pass to the next grade; or will I graduate. They see the frustration in their parents as homes are transformed to schools and parents to co teachers.
Of course, our first priority is to ensure every child has food each day. Our schools were often the main resource for food for so many children but now the schools are closed. Faith groups and other charitable institutions must ensure our children do not go hungry.
A second priority is health care. Without intervention, Black and brown children become inheritors of the diseases that now place their grandparents and other family members in the highest percentile of death from the virus.
In the wake of the pandemic, social distancing and school closures districts are attempting to continue instruction through technology and distance learning. OCOS supports our families and teachers and our mission: teaching the value of life and learning.
Home is where we first learn the values of kindness, cooperation, sharing, helping, fairness. As these values are integrated into the home schooling going on throughout the nation today, it presents an opportunity to develop a generation of new, strong leaders of integrity that will ensure this nation lives up to its democratic principles.
Please remember to teach and follow guidelines found on the CDC website. The site also provides information on how to explain the coronavirus to students. Additionally the St Jude Hospital has a downloadable coloring book for younger children to help them understand the Coronavirus.)
As we serve our students while they learn at home during this pandemic, please continue your monthly donations.
To donate, simply fill out the form below. We thank you for your support!
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 (OCOS) is built upon the foundation described by the African proverb:
It takes a whole village to raise a child.
Educating our children is a part of our village responsibility. The faith based community and school must be committed and dedicated to a single vision of shared responsibility.
Now, more than ever, we must join together to provide our children and youth with an environment which nurtures, strengthens and fortifies them for this diverse and global society.
I believe that Teaching the Value of Life and Learning to the children in the One Church One School Community Partnership Program will foster excellence in academic achievement, social behavior and personal development, now, and in the future.
OCOS is a movement that we as leaders must nurture and reinforce in a race against the evils that reach out for our children's minds and spirits. Our ancestors have left us a rich legacy. Now, it is incumbent upon us to do all that is necessary to pass the torch of excellence to our descendants, so that they may achieve their hope and dreams.
Your full participation in OCOS is essential if it is to become a viable and influential movement.
It is my hope that the faith community will be involved in a school partnership and that the OCOS web site will assist in creating long standing partnerships that will positively impact the lives of our children and youth.
Bishop Henry M. Williamson, Sr. Founder & National President
BECOME A ONE CHURCH ONE SCHOOL PARTNER TODAY
One Church One School Community Partnership Program
Headquarters: 7841 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60619