Brook Hills has had the great privilege of developing a partnership with Oliver Elementary School in Gate City over the past few years, a partnership known as “Love Oliver.”
Oliver serves the families of the Gate City area, including those living in the Marks Village Housing Community. Almost all of the 400+ students at Oliver come from low-income families. Brook Hills partners with multiple ministries investing in these children and their families in this area of our city including Oak Tree Ministries, Aspire Movement, Discovery Clubs, and Serving You Ministries.
Despite the many barriers these students, families, and staff may face, they have limitless God-given potential to transform their community. Through Love Oliver, we have the opportunity to link arms across racial and economic lines to fight against injustice and strongholds of the enemy together through the power of the gospel.
How will this year’s offering be used?
Every year, we ask our faith family to sacrificially give to our Love Oliver initiative to help provide everything students need to learn, including uniforms, backpacks, coats, and school supplies. This year, we are adding computers to that list.
Brook Hills is partnering with the Birmingham City School System to provide a Chromebook for every student. BCSS will purchase 60% of the Chromebooks, allowing Brook Hills to stand in the gap and purchase the remaining 180 Chromebooks. In just 8 days, our Brook Hills family gave enough to sponsor all 180 Chromebooks. Now we begin the work of raising the money to purchase our annual classroom supply donations. Traditionally, we spend over $20,000 for those supplies. We know that because of your abundant generosity, we will raise enough to cover both the cost of the Chromebooks and the school supplies.
We want every child and family at Oliver Elementary to have both the opportunity to receive an education and to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. By helping with the first, we also get the chance to help with the second.
Due to the current uncertainty of COVID-19, serving opportunities at Oliver will be made available at a later date.