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A great asset to the Sandhills community are the many schools which provide children with the gift of education.  Each student, teacher, staff member, and administrator are to be valued.  Unfortunately, many school-aged children do not have sufficient resources to have all of their needs met.  Though donating school supplies is a meaningful way that we help school-aged children, securing appropriate food and clothing is also a useful way we serve them.  Our effort to help meet the needs of school children is one of the ways that we live into our missional responsibility as a community of faith.  Below you will find information about the ways folks from SPUMC are involved in serving kids from the schools.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office.      

Backpack Pals:

By joining with members from other local churches, impoverished children from our local schools are provided food for the weekend.  Packed every Thursday, these backpacks are sent home on Friday afternoons. 

Children's Clothing Project:

In December, the United Methodist Men sponsor this project to provide needy children at Southern Pines Primary School with new clothes.  On the chosen day, members from the church meet at the school and pair up with a child to take them shopping at the local Belk store. 

Communities in Schools:

In addition to school children having the appropriate clothing and proper nutrition, it is also important for them to have access to a mentor who meets with them on a regular basis to encourage and help them set goals.  Communities in Schools connects school children with mentors who live in the community and are devoted to their progress and development.  SPUMC is privileged to supply some of the mentors who are committed to making a difference by spending time and speaking words of encouragement into the lives of these young people.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact the SPUMC office.    

Fruit Cups for High School Students:

Poverty is not only an issue for other communities and counties.  Here in Moore County, poverty is real and affects people of all ages.  One of these groups of people is high school youth at Pinecrest, Union Pines, and North Moore.  As a way to help make sure these kids are getting nutrients, SPUMC is working with many other churches in the area to provide fruit cups which are distributed at Pinecrest High School.  If you are interested in helping, please contact the SPUMC office. 

School Missions