Orchard Ridge Elementary

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Good Shepherd “Adopts” Orchard Ridge Elementary School

In the summer of 2013, Good Shepherd officially “adopted” Orchard Ridge Elementary School through the Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools “Adopt-a-school” program. Orchard Ridge is in the neighborhood of the Madison Campus and is a Title I school, which means a high percentage of Orchard Ridge students (63%) are from lower income households.

Good Shepherd members support the students at Orchard Ridge Elementary School in many ways.

Tutors and Mentors

Volunteers are needed to serve as tutors and mentors, or to volunteer in the school office. This is a commitment of one hour per week during the school year. Brief training will be provided. The Schools of Hope program in Madison facilitates the training and coordinates the tutor schedule. For more information about the Schools of Hope program, you can visit their website, https://www.madison.k12.wi.us/soh.

Pen Pals

Volunteers from Good Shepherd are partnered with a student at Orchard Ridge. Once a month, during the school year, pen pals write to each other in a notebook that travels between the school and Good Shepherd. Signup begins in September!

Helping Hands

Be a helping hand for a teacher at Orchard Ridge by providing supplies or equipment they need during the year. Look for the helping hands board at each Campus for ways that you can help.

Donating Items

Healthy Snacks: Healthy snacks are needed everyday in Orchard Ridge classrooms during the school year. Please drop off snack items for Orchard Ridge School in bins located in the lobby at Verona Campus or the Donation Center at Madison Campus. For a list of approved healthy snacks click here.

Seasonal Clothing: We will be collecting seasonal items that are needed throughout the year to be available in the Clothes Closet. For example, snow boots, snow pants, and gloves for kids during the winter for recess.

Personal Hygiene Products: There are families at Orchard Ridge that are in need of basic hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, and toothpaste.Travel size items are best!

Service Projects

Throughout the year there will be opportunities for one-time service projects to help out at Orchard Ridge in and around the school building.There is a book room to be organized before school begins in the fall, and a garden plot to help plant in the spring. Watch for more details for these one-time projects.

Thanks for getting involved and supporting our Adopt-a-School! If you have any questions about this program, please contact Pastor Dara, dschuller@gslcwi.com.


Schools of Hope Tutoring Program Information
Orchard Ridge Elementary School
Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools