“You know teachers have a hard job,” Carolyn Hickman said as she cut Redbox code cards for teacher gift bags.
Hickman spent Tuesday with other Muskogee Church volunteers putting cards, water bottles and snacks for Hilldale Elementary School teachers.
Muskogee Church, a Nazarene congregation, is working with other churches affiliated with Muskogee Area Ministerial Alliance to assemble and distribute the bags.
“We believe that coming out of COVID was very hard for the teachers and for school administrations,” said Eastside Community Church Pastor Gary Underwood, a past president. “Trying to teach during COVID this last year and a half has been difficult, so we wanted to give them a pick-me-up.”
Underwood said alliance members had been discussing how the alliance could encourage Muskogee churches.
“One of the best things we can do to encourage one another is to serve together,” he said. “We brought that up a few years ago, we did a teacher appreciation week. We decided to do that again this year.”
Several churches offered to put bags together, he said.
“If we can mobilize as many churches as possible, we can cover all of Hilldale Public Schools and Muskogee Public Schools teachers and make them a care package,” Underwood said.
Eastside and Muskogee Church, both located on Peak Boulevard, assembled bags for Hilldale teachers, Underwood said. He said Eastside volunteers filled bags with chocolate candies, snacks, bottled water and Redbox code cards.
“Our church delivered 85 teacher bags to the middle school and high school,” Underwood said, adding that Muskogee Church delivered 73 to elementary schools.
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