Rising Stars


In 2011 Covenant joined the Associated Churches Rising Stars Program at Lincoln Elementary School on Cook Road. The vision statement of Rising Stars is to empower children through Christian values to become the pacesetters for the next generation, building community, teaching character education and supporting the entire family. Rising Stars brings schools and churches together to bless the children of our community.

Covenant’s goal is to share the love of Jesus and to be a support system for the staff, teachers, children and families of Lincoln School.

What have we done at Lincoln?

  • Provided monthly treats for the teachers
  • Provided a kick-off breakfast for the teachers in the fall
  • Provided dinner for the teachers on their parent/teacher conference nights
  • Given a winter scarf to all 85 staff members.
  • Volunteered weekly in the school library
  • Assembled booklets for classroom use
  • Prepared materials for the classroom
  • Volunteer in classrooms on a regular basis
  • Gave Christmas gifts to teachers and staff members
  • Provided hats and gloves for each of the 700 students
  • Provided encouragement bags during two ISTEP testing periods for 355 students
  • Kept an emergency fund available for the school to use when a need arises for a family
  • Served during Mornings of Service at the school to help in preparations for the the new school year – outdoors we’ve spread mulch, trimmed bushes, pulled weeds and indoors we’ve trimmed car line tags, counted “Lion Reward Coins”, prepared teacher envelopes, assembled registration packets and completed a variety of tasks requested by the staff
  • Tutored students at Covenant on Wednesday afternoons through Fort Wayne Community School’s Study Connection (see more information below)

For more information or to be added to an email distribution list that sends out requests for help, contact Barb Hering. Learn more about Associated Churches and the Rising Stars program.

Study Connection – Making a Difference

As part of Covenant’s partnership with Lincoln Elementary School, each week during the school year volunteers gather with students one-on-one to help with homework, improve reading skills, and offer general support. A small investment of your time can make a huge difference in the life of a child.

On Wednesday afternoons the bus rolls in around 2:50, and students burst through the doors of the church looking for that special someone sitting at a table waiting for them. After a quick “How was your day?” and a little munching on the provided snack, the energy observed just moments before becomes subdued and the buzzing of learning starts taking place. As you look around the room, you see two heads bent over each table concentrating on reading books, or math worksheets, or any number of learning aids that each tutor is given to assist their students. It is a sight that truly warms a person’s heart. At 4:00, the bookbags are packed, good-byes are said and off they go on their buses leaving a quiet room once again.

We at Covenant are proud to learn that many of our students have earned recognition as good school citizens or as members of the honor roll. We are happy to be there to cheer these young people on to being the best that they can be. Their situations at home may be a bit unsteady, but they know that they can count on someone being at Covenant each week to encourage them and offer them help with their school work.

To learn more about becoming a tutor or substitute tutor, please call the church office at 489-1888.