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Lake Elkhorn Middle School's Students Need Our Help

Melissa Shindel, Lake Elkhorn Middle School's principal, has requested the support of Christ Church parishioners this summer. She is hoping that we can provide vital school supplies for 125 children in need as they begin the upcoming school year. This is a task that requires the assistance of many; every contribution can help us reach our five thousand dollar goal.

Why can’t the families or school cover these costs? Families are stressed, more than usual - over 50% of LEMS students qualify for free and reduced meals, the highest percentage amongst the middle schools in Howard County. Additionally, LEMS has the lowest discretionary budget in the county.

Why can’t the current LEMS budget cover this cost? The current budget is primarily for the Weekend Food Program, which provides meals for those families at the school who need assistance.

The school wants to distribute the supplies the week of August 16th, so we are requesting your generous support now in order to reach this important goal. We are planning to purchase the supplies between July 11-24 so that we can fill the bags on a morning some time between July 25-30.

If you would like to help, contributions can be made via check, on-line, or via text. If you’d like to write a paper check, please make sure you indicate “LEMS School Supplies” on the Memo line and either mail it in a sealed envelope to our address (located at the bottom of this page) or drop it off at the church office.

If you would like to give securely via computer/tablet, you can find our "Support Christ Church" button at the top of every page on our website, or simply click here. On the form that's displayed, choose "LEMS" from the Fund drop-down menu. Please also write "School Supplies" in the Memo line.

To give via your mobile device, you can text CECGIVING to 73256 and you'll immediately receive a secure link to our form. Click that link, then choose "LEMS" from the Fund drop-down menu. Please also write "School Supplies" in the Memo line so that your donation is used as you wish. (This number will never send you unsolicited texts. To cancel further messages, text STOP. If you need assistance with text giving, text HELP. Standard text message and data rates may apply).

If you have questions or would like to help in some way, please contact our LEMS School Supply Coordinators, Catharine and Onyx, by emailing


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