Ellen Hopkins Elementary School

Student & teacher support opportunities. October focus: new winter clothing for kids!

Salem has adopted an elementary school, Ellen Hopkins, which is less than a mile from our church. Ellen Hopkins is a unique school in our community, as a large portion of the students are under-resourced or needing some extra help academically or socially. We have opportunities to love on the kids of Ellen Hopkins, and the faculty.

During the month of October, we are collecting new winter clothing items.

  • Coats
  • Snowpants
  • Hats, mittens, gloves
  • Boots

Items should be new, and may be dropped off in the church foyer.

Other Ways to Connect with Ellen Hopkins


October Winter Clothing Collection: Many kids do not have warm outdoor clothing including, coats, snow pants, gloves, mittens, and scarves. Items can be dropped off in the church foyer any time in October.

Breakfast for Ellen Hopkins' Staff: On late start days, we like to provide breakfast for the faculty and staff. We would love to have you join us either cooking, serving, or both on October 11, December 6, February 7, or March 6.

ongoing, during the school year

School Supplies: This supply drive is for the TEACHERS. Many of them have things that they would really like to have in their rooms, and end up purchasing those things with their own money. The teachers have added their wishes to an Amazon shopping list, to make it easy for us to support them! You don't have to be an Amazon Prime member to use this wish list.

Good News Club (GNC): One day each week after school, Child Evangelism Fellowship holds a Good News Club at Ellen Hopkins. Several teacher/helpers are needed for this. 

Be a Reading Buddy: Once per week for an hour or more you can read with students. Depending on the teacher's need, it might be with one student or a small group. Some may need specialized attention and other may need extra time reading.

Be a Lunch Buddy: Lunch Buddies meet once per week. You will have your own room where you eat lunch with a few students, and this will easily become your favorite lunch time during your week.

Being a reading or lunch buddy is one of the most rewarding ways to be involved. The kids you get matched with are in need of some extra attention. You will laugh, you will have meaningful conversations, and you will get lots of hugs. The look on the kids' faces when they see you, there for them, is absolutely priceless.

To ask more questions, or get connected with any of these opportunities to directly impact our school community, contact Pastor Tom.