August 7, 2017

Eastern Star Church donates check and laptops to Arlington Woods School 99

A PARTNERSHIP THAT WORKS  — Eastern Star Church Senior Pastor Jeffrey A. Johnson Sr. stops by Arlington Woods School 99 to donate laptops and a check for more than $60,000. The church and school have been in partnership for more than 20 years.

Students at Arlington Woods School 99 got a big boost right before school started, thanks to a check from Eastern Star Church.

The church has partnered with Arlington Woods for 25 years, since it moved across the road from the school on East 30th Street. During a special presentation, the church handed over a check for $68,000 to Principal Tihesha Guthrie and her staff, along with 20 laptop computers. The computers were donated by Raytheon.

This is the first installment toward a larger donation to eventually total $200,000.

“We understand the importance of trying to give our children an opportunity to be trained, educated and to grow, and we know technology is a big, big part of that,” said Eastern Star Senior Pastor Jeffrey A. Johnson Sr. “We know that’s (technology) a major expense. We bring this check to show what generous Christian people are trying to do in this community.”

Eastern Star has provided a number of services to the staff and students of Arlington Woods over the years, including mentoring, tutoring, bicycle giveaways, summer meals, uniforms, book bags and school supplies. But this donation represents its biggest effort so far.

“For the past few months, we’ve been working on a technology campaign for School 99 and we’ve been asking our congregation to donate money or supplies,” said Alpha Garrett, director of communications at Eastern Star.

According to Guthrie, the donation is part of the Eastern Star ROCK (Renewing Our Community for the Kingdom) Initiative to revitalize the 46218 zip code. “With the ROCK Initiative, the $200,000 campaign is for technology so our students are 1:1.”

The school is grateful for the constant love and support from their partners and neighbors.

“They get involved with us and we get involved with them,” said Guthrie.