In an effort to help our congregation Experience God’s Love and Make Jesus Known, River Glen has been reaching out in service to Longwood Elementary School. Longwood, located near River Glen, is a diverse and economically disadvantaged school, challenged to serve the many needs of its students and their families. Through various events and activities, the congregation of River Glen has been in community with the families of Longwood—engaging them in fun game days, inviting them to participate in our worship services and events and supplying them with much-needed educational materials and equipment such as books, school supplies and projectors.
The third annual Run With The Lions 5K was held in 2017 at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton, IL. River Glen was one of the sponsors for the race which offered opportunities to walk or run, volunteer to work on race day or to sponsor a child from Longwood to run the race. For more information please visit http://www.runwiththelions.com/
In 2014, 403 people (25 from River Glen) gathered at St. James Farm in Warrenville for the inaugural Run with the Lions 5k Run/Walk sponsored by River Glen and the Longwood PTA. This event raised over $7,000 for the Longwood community. As again this year, all race participants received a medal and a shirt—a shirt that included the initials CJD on the sleeve in honor of Chris Davolos, who passed away in 2014. Chris was not only a leader and participant in the many River Glen events organized with Longwood but was an avid runner. Thank you to all those in the River Glen community who ran/walked in the race, sponsored a Longwood student to run, cheered from the sidelines, or volunteered their time.
We collected gifts for Mother’s Day for Longwood school. During the last week of April, students from Longwood had the opportunity to purchase a gift for their mother using their “High Five” reward certificates earned for good behavior. Volunteers wrapped gifts for the children so they could then present their mother a special gift.
River Glen dads serve as positive role models during Friday recess. To volunteer contact Terry Moore, 630-728-1269 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information on the D.O.G.S. program
We collect the labels and donate them to the school. There is a donation box on the opportunity table in the fellowship hall.
We keep our Longwood friends in prayer—praying for students, teachers, parents, the PTA and Principal Johnston.
While donations of mittens, hats and coats were plentiful, we discovered that boot donations usually did not come to the school until February—long after Chicagoland usually experiences its first snow. We sponsored a boot drive for the families who needed winter boots—collecting and delivering 30 boots for families in November 2012 and 2013. In 2014 we collected 38 pairs of boots, 9 coats and gift cards to purchase additional winter items.
In January 2012 and 2013, River Glen sponsored an indoor game day at the school, inviting the schoolchildren and their parents to join River Glen members, children and youth to played various board games. We also presented the school with a much-needed projector/camera system for classroom use, donated books for their library and gave each participating family a board. For 2014, we moved the date to February 1 and changed the theme to Minute to Win it Games. For all of the game days we begin the event with a prayer walk around the school.
In May 2012, we took the game day fun outside by sponsoring an outdoor game day at Longwood. From kickball, soccer and volleyball to badminton, Frisbee and bocce ball, we shared the fields (and courts) with the families of Longwood as we enjoyed a morning of fun, healthy activities. Every family had the opportunity to take home a fun outdoor game activity.
River Glen hosted a school supply drive for the Longwood Elementary community in the late summer of 2012 and 1013, donating more than 50 backpacks filled with necessary school supplies along with additional supplies and products that can be used by teachers throughout the school year. After dedicating and blessing each backpack during our Sunday morning service, we delivered all the materials to the school.
Our deacons coordinated the collection of library books requested by the students and the collection of gift cards for families in need during the Christmas season 2012.
During May and June of 2013, we sponsored students at Longwood in the Naperville Public Library summer reading program. Many of the students at Longwood live in unincorporated Naperville and would be required to pay a fee to join the program. We are offering to pay the fee to encourage the students to read over the summer.