One Church One School extends its condolences to the families, classmates, school staff, and all who are grieved by the loss of lives in the Parkland, Florida tragedy.
As we lament this sixth school shooting in our nation this year, OCOS supports the efforts to revise our gun laws to help make our country a safer, peaceful place for all. We firmly advocate for more wrap around support services (counselors, social workers, health professionals, mentors) in our schools to address socio-emotional needs of our students at all ages.
One Church One School teaches our young people to value life and learning. We call for all members of the faith community and others who advocate for the well-being of our children to partner with us and other child focused organizations. Together, we can support a school community environment that nurtures as well as educates its students.
Change must come to our nation’s schools. They can’t be killing fields for our children and their teachers.
The faith-based community must have an active supportive presence in our schools and the lives of our children. Without proselytizing, we must assist and support the school with student character development, conflict resolution, collaborative learning environments, mentoring, tutoring, parental support, attendance monitoring, listening posts, surrogate families for the many homeless students and those in dysfunctional homes.
Our curricula must include prominent spaces for teaching Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Six Principles of Non-violence and other conflict resolution and peacemaking processes. Our schools must have adequate human resources needed to support their education mission. Our communities must unite around an agenda including safe schools and holistically healthy students.
Our government must restore Upward Bound a proven program that meets educational and nutritional needs of high school students from low income families and helps them to pursue and maintain higher education goals. This month’s Delta Airlines Magazine, SKY, cover story features actress Viola Davis who attributes much of her success to the Upward Bound Program.
Collectively, we can overcome even the most critical problems facing our students and schools when we pull together and involve the entire community.