Local church helps middle school students dress for success

Local church helps middle school students dress for success


6 News Reporter 

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A new dress code policy will be in place when students head back to school at Vine Middle Magnet School.

Members of a local church are helping to make sure the kids are dressed for success.

The Tabernacle Baptist Church is within walking distance of the school in East Knoxville.

Church members have adopted the school. Pastor Christopher Battle says that means they will regularly pray for the students and help them out financially whenever they can.

The church's first order of business was to raise money to build a surplus of the new t-shirts students have to wear as part of the new dress code.

"We know that there will be some students who come to school and they may not be properly attired, and we want to have a surplus for them," says Battle.

Church members collected $400 from its roughly-200 members.

"I believe in just blessing people and being kind. The church has taken on that spirit and we just want to help the community," said Pastor Battle.

"In this tough economy, some parents will have difficulty buying the shirts and we just want to make a smooth transition for everyone at Vine," explained school Principal Becky Whitehead-Ervin.

She says this is just the first of many joint ventures on the horizon.

"This partnership with the church will be long lasting and they will continue to support us based on our needs," said Whitehead-Ervin.

Teachers will soon get involved by creating a wish list and handing it over to the church.

"They'll give us the wish list and then we'll make a faith list and then trust God to fulfill it," said Battle.

Pastor Battle says it's all about faith, hope and charity, and dressing the kids for success one t-shirt at a time.

School officials say parents who would like to get a free shirt for their child need to come to the school office.

The new school dress code shirts sell for between $3.00 to $7.00 each.


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