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Art of Community NCW podcast


EXPLORING THE POWER OF COLLABORATION AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON

Jan 17, 2018

This week’s episode features a remarkable collaboration between the First United Methodist Church, and Columbia Elementary School in Wenatchee. The church has adopted the school in its neighborhood and is making support for the school a top priority. This collaboration is opening up new avenues of relationship and service for the church that is benefitting the students, teachers and staff.

I spoke with Tracy Faulkner, the United Methodist outreach coordinator, Columbia Principal Si Stuber and businessman Tyler Russell, who helped restart the PTO a few years ago. This is a remarkable story of community building with lessons for all of us.

The church adopted the school and provides financial and volunteer support. Tracy Faulkner, who handles community outreach for the church, said the partnership has energized their members.
Neighborhood and community support is essential. A significant portion of the kids in the school come from families in poverty, notes Principal Si Stuber.