Wendell Collectively, Indianapolis Public Schools has hundreds of
generous community partners. The beauty of those partnerships lies in the
variety. Some of our partners focus on academics, some emphasize health and
wellness, while others prioritize mentorship.


Wendell Phillips School 63 appreciates that one of its
partners is striving to nurture the whole child. First Samuel Church
(W)holistic Ministries is using its resources to help the school and its
students, teachers and families.


“They are dedicated to what they do,”
said Parent Involvement Educator Elda Pena. “Their passion to help our school
and our students and families has made an incredible difference.”


Over the next several Saturdays, the church is planning to
conduct a workshop, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens,” based on a
book of the same name written by Sean Covey. The workshop will be held from 11
a.m. –1 p.m. on May 7 through June 11 at First Samuel, 1402 N. Belleview Place.


Like the book, the workshop is aimed at teaching teens to improve
self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve goals, get along
with their parents and other important life skills.


“We want to change the outlook of how they see life,” said
Bishop Peter Fenton, pastor of First Samuel. “We want them to have a better
understanding of life, themselves and their peers. We want them to gain wisdom,
understanding and enlightenment.”


The workshop will conclude June 25 with a banquet. The exact
time and location are still pending.


Parents are invited to an orientation from 10 a.m.–noon on April
30 at the church to learn more about the program and receive a rundown of the
workshop lesson plan. A free continental breakfast will be provided.


“We want students to leave knowing how to handle issues in
life, deal with conflict and be better people,” said Janet Howard,
administrative assistant at First Samuel Church, who also serves as the
administrator the church’s childcare ministry and summer camps. “They should know
that they can stand out and be a positive influence among their families and


In addition to character development, First Samuel looks out
for the physical needs of students. The church has hosted a coat drive for the
past three years. This past winter, approximately 80 coats were donated to
students in need.


Last summer, First Samuel hosted more than 300 people at a
Community Day at the school where it supplied students with backpacks, school
supplies, clothing donations and health screenings. There was even a picnic,
games and horseback riding.


At Thanksgiving, the church provides food to families who
are in the most need.


The church’s pastor has even attended school meetings with parents
who needed a little extra help advocating for the needs of their students.
First Samuel has already extended an invitation
to the workshop to Ernie Pyle School 90. Other students across the community
are invited, as well. Registration is now open. For more information on how to
register, contact Janet Howard at