PAES Connects with the Community
The gospel commission to "go into the world and witness for Me" is a challenge that Portland Adventist Elementary School (PAES) in Gresham, Ore., has taken seriously for many years. For the past 10 years, the administration and staff have taken an even more intentional approach to sharing Christ's love.
PAES joined the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce and became an active supporter of various community events. Bob McDonald, PAES principal, joined the Chamber Ambassadors and served as that group's president for two years. He has served on its board of directors for six years, including one year as president.
PAES hosts an annual Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting each May, during which the school has 10 minutes to promote its program of Christian education. As a result, PAES has garnered a high level of understanding and respect throughout the business and political community, which in turn attracts new students.
The school also sponsors community events such as a golf tournament, a "shop local" campaign and a luncheon to honor community volunteers. The school has hosted athletic events, including 1K runs and a half marathon. The local neighborhood association meets at the school each quarter.
Christ commanded that we love and serve those around us, and PAES continues to seek positive ways to share His love in the community.