In 2020, we had the opportunity to become the official church partner of an FISD school. Smith Elementary School was the school we selected, not knowing it would be within two miles of the future Onward building site. Why did we adopt a school? Because as a church, we seek to 'dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness' (Psalm 37:3). FISD is the largest employer in Frisco and impacts a vast majority of residents. The opportunity to be salt and light in a local elementary school is exactly why we are here. Join us in praying for Smith, the teachers, the students, and serving as opportunities come available.
Fill out the form to sign up to Adopt-A-Teacher (or any staff member). There are 78 people on staff at Smith. Our goal would be to have each one adopted by a member, family, or community group in our body. Our first goal is to get classroom teachers sponsored and we need 16 more sponsors to accomplish that.
The expectation is for a monthly touchpoint with your adoptee through an encouraging note, a Sonic drink, a coffee, a small giftcard, etc. Our heart is to build relationships with these teachers, so be as creative as you can to care for them!
Sign up here.
Smith PTA is prepping in fall of 2023 for their biggest fundraiser of the year, the school carnival. If you are interested in providing an item off their wish list, you may do so here.
There will be various opportunities to go to Smith to serve the staff. Some days we will deliver treats. Some days we will help in their classrooms.
To receive updates on these opportunities, email us.
Thank you all so much for the work you all are doing. I know it requires time and effort on your part, and I cannot tell you how much we all appreciate it. I was so surprised and thrilled to receive my gift this morning, and it has truly turned my morning around. God knew I needed a little pick me up. I cannot put into words how much it means to me. -Laura, Smith Teacher
I have seen Onward's partnership with Smith Elementary impact the lives of teachers by showing them that they are loved and cared for. The smile on the teacher's faces when their Onward member brings them a gift, drops off a note or comes to volunteer is priceless! I personally have had teachers come up and ask me more about Onward, but more importantly about Jesus due to this partnership. Teachers' lives are truly being impacted by this ministry! -Brandi, Smith Teacher & Onward Member