Churches, schools team up to help needy students

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) - A growing number of Indiana churches are partnering with local schools to help struggling students and their families.

Greenwood United Methodist Church has joined forces with Isom and Northeast elementary schools in Greenwood to help buy school supplies. The Rev. Bill Hoopes says the church also sends two volunteer mentors to the schools weekly to meet with students, help with homework and listen.

Greenwood Presbyterian Church provides 15 volunteer reading and math tutors for Isom.

Webb Elementary School in Franklin has a similar program with Grace United Methodist Church but primarily provides help for students' families.

Principal Sandra Brown says the church prepared Thanksgiving food baskets and will take students Christmas shopping next month.

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