Bishop Hope Morgan Ward was honored by the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Education as a 2017 “Champion for Children” at a gala held on May 5. Six honorees, including Bishop Ward, were recognized for supporting North Carolina public school children and ensuring that all students have access to a sound basic education.
Bishop Ward chose to accept the award on behalf of Congregations for Children (C4C), a shared-mission focus of the North Carolina Conference and the Western North Carolina Conference Church. In her comments, Bishop Ward said that of the 800 churches in the North Carolina Conference, 83 percent have partnership programs in place with public schools in their communities.
The goals of C4C are 1) helping students have their basic needs met – backpacks, school supplies, clothing; 2) helping students read by the third grade through literacy tutoring programs; 3) involving significant adults in the lives of every child, particularly male role models with training for men on being present in the schools; and 4) helping all the people of North Carolina understand the impact poverty has on the lives of children.
“I want to give honor to the laity and clergy in the North Carolina Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and in other communities of faith. I know many of you are engaged in similar partnerships that help children,” she said.
“Thank you for recognizing the contributions of thousands of volunteers who engage with our children day by day, week by week.”
The Champion for Children recipients were honored again on May 9 during a reception at the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion.
To read more about Congregations for Children, go to http://nccc4c.org.