A Prestonsburg church treated Floyd County teachers and staff to lunch this week and donated school supplies that will help students at Prestonsburg Elementary.
First Christian Church, located on Arnold Avenue in Prestonsburg, hosted its annual back-to-school luncheon on Tuesday, Aug. 6, the day before Floyd County Schools started the new school year.
Minister Kevin Jett said he launched this summer program at another church in Western Kentucky 15 years ago and he brought it to Prestonsburg when he moved to Floyd County about six years ago. It is rotated annually, he said, to benefit PES, Adams Middle and Prestonsburg High School.
Jett said the church has between 50 and 60 members and the congregation gathered donations of school supplies for about six weeks. The church also accepted donations from the community and retired teachers also volunteered to help, Jett said.
In addition to a meal provided by members of the church and volunteers, the program provided boxes of school supplies to teachers and the Family Resource Youth Service Center at PES. Jett said the donations were collectively worth about $2,000.
“If you’re a small church and you say we can’t do anything, I think you can do some things,” Jett said. “So, we pick a few things and we try to do them well.”
He said giving back to the community in this way is “the right thing to do” and it helps connect the church to the school system and children in need.
“Foreign missionary is great and its fine and it’s necessary. But the problem sometimes is that we neglect the ones that are right beside us, you know, our neighbors, the people that are around the corner,” he said.
He prayed with the teachers and school district staff who turned out for lunch on Tuesday, asking God to bless them and to help them become not just instructors, but friends to students.
“We just wanted to have an opportunity to give back to you all and supply you with some supplies to give to the kids that need it the most,” Jett told district staff. “With no strings attached. We want to make that very plain. A lot of hard work went into today, and we just hope you enjoy it.”
The church hosts services at 11 a.m. on Sundays.