North Highland Elementary is located just south of the church and serves the families living in the neighborhoods in our zip code. North Highland has come so far, after nearly being shut down over the summer. The staff are working incredibly hard to improve students’ academic performance and develop their new teachers. The reputation of the school has shifted drastically, and the image of North Highland in the community is becoming more positive every day. The principal has invited Bridgeway to play a part in their journey, which is an honor we have been praying for since our church began.
Here are some ways we can begin to serve our neighborhood through partnering with North Highland Elementary School:
Become a Tutor for WhizKids
Whiz Kids is a faith based literacy and tutoring program that has served Oklahoma City for over 22 years. We provide mentors, friends, Bible teaching and role models for disadvantaged children in Oklahoma City and and help them learn to read. The ability to read has been shown to be one of the key indicators of future success. Whiz Kids focuses on reading due to our state’s alarming illiteracy rates. In Oklahoma, 74% of fourth graders read below grade level. Most of the tutoring hour is spent reading to/with the child and engaging in fun learning games and activities.
Where and When does Whiz Kids take place?
Whiz Kids meets weekly here at Bridgeway in the Back Room on Tuesday afternoons from 3:00-5:00 p.m. during the school year. It provides an opportunity to build relationships with students at North Highland Elementary School, and then the ripple effect extends to meeting and knowing their families and the community.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone who has a heart for kids and wants to have a simple, easy way of getting involved and helping them succeed. The best part is that you think you are changing someone’s life by volunteering your time and energy, but actually, you are the one that will be changed the most! There is a required training session to attend at the beginning of the school year - date will be announced later. For more info or to sign up as a mentor or substitute, contact Ann Storms, Whiz Kids coordinator.
Become a Brilliant Book Club Buddy
Only 30 minutes each week during your lunch break!
Brilliant Book Clubs is a lunch break book buddy program for Elementary Schools in Oklahoma City. We mobilize local volunteers to meet in the school with two to three students during their lunch break to talk, eat, and read a book together. Book Clubs help kids catch up with their reading level, greatly increasing their chances of making it to high school graduation and out of poverty.
If you can read at a 6th grade reading level, you can be a big help to these kids! Volunteers choose which age (Pre-K through 6th grade) and the lunch time (between 10:30am-12:30pm) at the selected elementary school. We will take you through a few easy pre-requisites in the application process to make sure that the volunteers are trained and equipped to be a book buddy. The application process includes filling out a volunteer application with the public school system as well as training by Brilliant Book Clubs. After training, you will be partnered with 2-3 students to meet with during your choice lunch period (30 minutes).
It's super easy! For more info or to sign up as a volunteer, click here.
IMPORTANT: All persons volunteering must fill out a free volunteer application which includes consent to a criminal background check.
Annual Fall Festival and Spring Fling
Both the annual North Highland Fall Festival and the Spring Fling are a fantastic way to give the students, families, and teachers a fun, friendly, and safe event to enjoy together. As a church, we believe these events are a massive opportunity to reach the families in our area of OKC. The events usually include dinner and games/activities, such as game booths, bounce houses, and a cake walk.
There are a number of ways you can be involved in these events, so if you are interested in participating, keep an eye out for future announcements concerning dates and sign up opportunities.
For more information, please contact Kelley Rehrig, Local Missions Coordinator.
Volunteer with Oklahoma City Public Schools
If you have an hour a week that you would like to spend at North Highland Elementary, whether as an office assistant, lunchroom monitor, teacher’s aide, or any other capacity, please visit the OKCPS website to fill out the volunteer application and consent to a background check. Once you apply and are approved, you will be free to sign up for specific volunteer opportunities with the school directly.
North Highland Black History Program - Feb 27, 6-8pm, @ Bridgeway Church
Spring Fling: Movie Night on the Lawn - Apr 20, Time TBD, @ North Highland
If you would like to serve at one of the above events, please contact Kelley Rehrig, Local Missions Coordinator.