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Reynolds Elementary School

The words of Isaiah, that we read on Yom Kippur, remind us that it is our responsibility to remove the constraints that hold back the innocent. COVID has magnified the many economic and educational inequities in our society. Our public schools – even in the best of times – often lack sufficient resources. As a congregation, what can we do to help bridge the gap, especially for the children in our community?   

This year Beth Yeshurun is embarking on a long-term partnership, arranged by the Houston Area Urban League, with Reynolds Elementary School. Located in the Sunnyside neighborhood of Houston, Reynolds serves PreK through 5th graders, 96% of whom are economically disadvantaged. We will kick-off our partnership by helping to provide school supplies and look forward to growing our relationship over the coming months to include mentoring and other support services for Reynolds’ students and teachers.
How can you help? 

  1.  Shop for supplies! This Amazon Wish List has all the supplies that the kids will need for the school year. Beth Yeshurun has already kicked off the supply drive by purchasing new backpacks for every student to start the year off right. 
  2.  Make a Donation! First, we will fulfill the wish list of school supplies. After that, we will help purchase devices (Chromebooks and iPads) for the kids to facilitate virtual learning. Every donation helps us provide much-needed resources. You can donate online by clicking here or mail a check to Beth Yeshurun to the attention of Jennifer Rosenzweig, noting “Reynolds Elementary” on the memo line. 
  3.  Give of your time! If you’d like to get involved in the partnership with Reynolds Elementary, please contact Diane Levy.   

Meet the Principal of Reynolds Elementary that we will be working with, Renesiaha Carter:

We are excited to get to know the students and staff this year as we undertake this major social action program. Look for updates throughout the year as we build a relationship with Reynolds Elementary. 

When we help foster a stronger, smarter, and more resilient generation by supporting elementary schools, then Isaiah’s promise (58:8) will surely come true: “Then shall your light burst through like the dawn.” 

Sat, November 28 2020 12 Kislev 5781