Back to school nerves

My niece, Caroline, is two years old. She is precious and recently returned from her first day at preschool with a confession to make.

“I feel nerbus (nervous),” she told my sister on the car ride home. Caroline is a bright kid. My sister is, too.

Many unknowns await children as they walk through the threshold of a new classroom. New teacher, new classmates, new rules -- it is a daunting experience to say the least.

Everybody knows what it is like to be afraid of the unknown. Few things are as universally unnerving as the prospect of doing something new among people we’ve never met. Times like these remind us how earnestly we need space to trust and the importance of a friend. Friends remind you that you’re not alone, and they support you along the journey.

Friendship Baptist Church of the Colony hosted its annual Community Health Fair & Youth Rally last Saturday, Aug. 13. The church gave 800 children and their families free health screenings, backpacks, and school supplies for children and a party to celebrate the end of summer. 

Ms. Rosa Bailey, the marketing ministry servant leader at Friendship Baptist, said the church wanted “to ensure that each child has the basic tools for the school year.” 

While first-day jitters can be universal, these nerves are amplified for children experiencing poverty. First-day jitters can be a reminder of so much insecurity.

Many times, things like backpacks and school supplies are expensive and unaffordable to families who are struggling to pay the rent or keep food on the table. In times like those it’s important to know who to trust. It’s important to have a friend. 

Thanks to Friendship Baptist Church of the Colony, many in the DFW community will hit the books with a new set of pencils, a backpack, and the roots of many new friendships. 

Thanks to givers and supporters like you, the Texas Baptist Hunger Offering was able to share your financial gifts and commitments to help make this possible.

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