Wilburn starting school year; help with supplies is needed

As a year-round, single-track school, Wilburn Elementary will begin the 2017-’18 school year on Monday, July 31. If you are interested and able to contribute school supplies to Wilburn for the school  year, please check the school’s official list.

Leave new school supplies in the box in the St. Mark’s Concourse. All supplies are due by Sunday, Aug. 14. Please provide only items listed and the brands indicated.

As always, you are tremendously appreciated. Questions? Contact Linda Bamford at lindabamford@yahoo.com or 919-630-7045.

What’s needed

Medium and large boy’s and girl’s underwear, large backpacks (no wheels), Fiskar student scissors, headphones or earbuds, reams of white printer paper, clear sheet protectors, plain plastic folders with pockets, hand sanitizer, Clorox wipes, facial tissue, sandwich- and gallon-size Zip-Loc bags, wide-ruled loose-leaf paper, protractors, index cards, Post-it notes, one-subject wide-ruled spiral notebooks, primary journals (half blank pages and half ruled), No. 2 pencils without designs, Play-Doh, Magic erasers, 24-pack Crayola crayons, glue sticks (not jumbo), big pink erasers, black Expo dry-erase markers, black wide-ruled composition notebooks (no spirals), one-inch view binder (any color with clear front pocket), plastic dividers, pencil pouch with holes (no boxes), colored pencils, three-ring, plain colored binders with two pockets (no zipped binders).

Opportunities to volunteer at upcoming New Hope Road Alliance projects

Saturday, May 20: help clean up Wilder’s Grove Youth Center, both indoors and outdoors. Two “shifts” – 9:30 to 12:00 noon and 11:30 to 2:00, with pizza at lunchtime. We’ll be cleaning out buildings, power-washing them, and pruning shrubs and bushes. Contact Jessie Maeck if you can help.

Wilder's Grove Fellowship Cookout May 1, 2017.
Wilder’s Grove Fellowship Cookout April 1, 2017.

June: repairs to Wilder’s Grove Youth Center bathrooms; need help with putting in new stalls and tile floors, and with painting. Exact dates to be determined. Carpentry and tile expertise needed! Contact Jessie Maeck if you can help.

2017-18 School Year: Tutors needed for “Read and Feed” program at Wilburn Elementary. Beginning in late August or early September, the program is held once a week, either Tuesday or Thursday, from 4:30 to 5:30; volunteer tutors need not attend every session, although they will be expected to participate at least three-quarters of the time. Volunteers must undergo a simple background check and will receive a free, 1½ hour advance training from Read and Feed staff.

October Yard and Craft Sale: need help planning the event, contributions for yard sale, and crafts for sale: craftspeople will be able to rent a table or share the proceeds of their sales to support New Hope Road Alliance projects.

The NHRA (New Hope Road Alliance) is an alliance of 6 congregations along New Hope Road which have united together with the common goal of serving our changing neighborhood. Next meeting: Mon May 22, 1:30-2:30 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church. All members of the 6 congregations are welcome!

Wilburn Elementary School is the K-5 school on Marsh Road which serves our neighborhood. Wilder’s Grove is the all-volunteer Youth Center right next door to St. Mark’s.

Bring socks to our Hop, and dance away the night

Put on your dancing shoes and join us for a Spring Sock Hop in our Community Life Center on Saturday, April 29, 7:30 to 10 pm. Music will be provided by Adult Supervision.


We will feature good old rock ’n’ roll from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70’, ’80s and today. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for St. Mark’s ministries. Bring a  snack and a beverage to share.

Also, you can help make this a true “Sock Hop” by bringing new, still-packaged children’s socks for the children of Wilburn Elementary School. Please see Lynne Poole or Linda Bamford of the Social Action Committee for more information.

Lee Adams

‘Read and Feed’ at Wilburn: A ministry that nourishes you

St. Mark’s and the New Hope Road Alliance will continue tutoring reading through Read and Feed, a free after-school program at Wilburn Elementary, and we need more tutors.
You are needed to help tutor third- though fifth-graders in reading beginning Feb. 2.
No experience with education and/or tutoring is required.
Training is provided for potential volunteers on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 6 to 7:30 pm at the Read and Feed Office, 193 High House Road, Cary. If you are not available that day, other sessions will be available.
Read and Feed is a free, school-based program that meets Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at Wilburn Elementary School on Marsh Creek Road (off New Hope Road). You don’t have to be available for every session; however, if possible, you need to be available for 75 percent of the sessions during the year.
As a nonprofit, Read and Feed serves more than 650 children each year at 26 program sites in Raleigh, Apex, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Rolesville, Knightdale and Zebulon. Wilburn Elementary is one of the new sites for the 2016-17 school year.

Our mission
The mission of Read and Feed is to give low-income elementary children an appetite for reading by strengthening literacy skills and providing encouragement in a nurturing environment. The program provides meals, mentors to help children read, and books to build home libraries. After every session, each child takes home three books to keep and to start building a home library.
Tutoring sessions begin with a meal, free to students, which was purchased at a discount from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle or an area restaurant. After dinner, volunteers read to the children, listen to them read aloud and help with reading and spelling.
As a tool for the volunteers, Read and Feed keeps a folder for each child that includes notes on the child’s progress as well as checklists completed by the child’s classroom teacher.
You can learn more about Read and Feed at www.readandfeed.org.

Wilburn Holiday Party is Thursday

St. Mark’s and other faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance will host a Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary this Thursday, Dec. 8, 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the school cafeteria.
The gifts that members of St. Mark’s and other faith communities in the New Hope Road Alliance will be given to the children. There will also be food and fun for all.
All St. Mark’s members are invited to attend the Holiday Party at Wilburn.

Angel Tree for Wilburn kids is up Sunday

For the fifth year, St. Mark’s and the New Hope Road Alliance are providing holiday gifts for the neediest of children at Wilburn Elementary.

The children were chosen by Wilburn’s social worker and school counselor and in some cases are homeless. They are all participating in the free and reduced-cost lunch program at the school.

The names of 50 children and their wish lists will be at a table in the Concourse this Sunday, Nov. 6, after the 8:30 and 10:30 am worship services. Each child will receive four gifts: two toys, a shirt, and a new book.

You can choose to provide all four gifts for one child; share the gift requests with another member or members, or choose to provide one or more of the gifts for the same child.  lease do not “cherry pick” the names. For example, choosing to provide only a toy for multiple children.

Deadline for Angel Tree gifts for Wilburn is Sunday, Dec. 4. Please bring your wrapped and tagged gifts to the Community Life Center at St. Mark’s between 9:15 am and the end of the St. Nicholas Luncheon. Remember to put a tag on each of the gifts with your child’s number, first name and last initial. If you are giving all four of the gifts to a child, in addition to wrapping and tagging each gift separately, please put the gifts in a large gift bag that also has a tag on it with the child’s number, first name and last initial.

St. Mark’s and other faith communities of the New Hope Road Alliance are hosting a Holiday Party at Wilburn Elementary on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the school cafeteria. St. Mark’s members are invited to attend.

The party will include refreshments for the children, a craft-making project, entertainment and the receipt of the gift bags. Rather than opening their presents at the Holiday Party, the children will take their gift bags home to open on Christmas Day.

Questions? Please contact Lynne Poole or Linda Bamford.

Leftover cans of paint needed for Wilburn school Arts project

Ms. Levinson, the art teacher at Wilburn, is in need of OUTDOOR PAINT IN BRIGHT COLORS and also PRIMER.  If anyone has any leftover cans of this paint, she will be glad to use them up.  If you wish, you may also buy and donate the small sample jars from Home Depot or Lowes. Please bring the cans to St. Mark’s and Ellie DeMeglio will deliver them to Wilburn. She also needs colored printer paper, even if one side has been used; she will use the back, unused side.