Allen Temple has been working with OCOS for more than 15 years. “To make sure that students receive an excellent education and that they will go on to be global scholars."
The One Church One School Community Partnership Program links two of the most resourceful entities in the community – the Church and the School.
One Church One School is a community action program designed to assist parents, students, teachers, school administrators and communities in impacting educational, social and personal outcomes for students.
One Church One School is a simple, but effective model: matching one church/ faith based initiative with one school. By providing one school with the power of one faith group’s volunteer corps and resources, a partnership is formed that acts as a catalyst for other community entities to join the partnership. Together they overcome even the most critical problems facing our students, their families and school communities.
One Church One School helps in building bridges to the school and community to develop a partnership of excellence and high expectations. The partnership brings the total community together and encourages its support of students.
At the foundation of OCOS is a fundamental belief that schools must strengthen their relationship with parents and the community –at-large to ensure the development of a healthy, nurturing the educational environment. OCOS motivates students, creates an environment within the schools where significant learning can take place and mobilizes community support for education.
One Church One School was born of a nationwide initiative to get faith-based organizations involved in the academic aid and character building of children.
The program vets and trains volunteers to teach students how to build strong values as well as become better students in subjects like math, science, and technology.
"Academic achievement must be improved, we must see personal development on the part of our young people and proper social behavior,"
As part of the program's emphasis on values, participants hope that the collaboration will instill in our youth a deep-rooted respect for the lives of others.
"Here in Portland, CME churches and others have been engaged with schools to teach (children) the value of life and the value of learning,".
"They may be 20 to 30 percent of our population, but they are 100 percent of our future."