"We want them to know how much we care about who they are and who they're becoming."
In a partnership with Dalton First United Methodist Church, City Park School has established a brand new club called Club Life for students of all grade levels to join.
Pastors Dean Osuch, Tony Morgan and Ken Elben spend each Thursday afternoon tutoring, teaching basic character building skills and playing a variety of interactive games with the students.
The idea for Club Life began when the church wanted to establish a closer relationship with City Park. Their goal was to give back to our schools and they decided to do so by creating a club in which all students can have a responsible mentor to look up to.
"We want it to be a safe and fun environment," said Elben. "We just want a place for the kids to come and hang out when there can be a lot going on.
Beyond helping students succeed academically through tutoring, Morgan elaborated on the importance of students being able to utilize their potential and apply it to their own lives.
"The motto is to treat others right, make smart decisions and maximize your potential," said Morgan. "We equip and empower them to be the best they can be in whatever it is they want to accomplish such as school, friendships, family or wherever they go to make their lives better."
The pastors emphasized how imperative it is to show interest in young students as they continue to grow, learn and develop.
"We want them to know how much we care about who they are and who they're becoming," said Elben. "I would love to see other churches or community partners to start doing the same at all of the other elementary schools."