God’s Garden thrives because of the participation of parents, church members, the Ahwatukee Foothills community, and volunteers like you. You can participate in a variety of ways.
Join the Parents Committee
The Parents Committee serves as a forum for parents to raise questions, share ideas, join together with other parents to support the family connection to your child’s preschool, organize school events, and fundraise for special needs. Events include Fall Harvest Festival, Easter Parade, Bike Safety Days, Mom’s Night Out, Teacher Appreciation, and our highly anticipated annual “Transportation Day”.
Serve as a Classroom Parent Representative
Two (2) parents per class serve as Classroom Parent Representatives. Traditionally, they run class collections for teacher gifts at Xmas and End of Year; inform class of community service initiatives and oversee class participation; collect items for the TDay Classroom Raffle Theme Baskets; and collect items for Teacher Appreciation Week for their child’s class. Each classroom is looking for two parent reps for each school year. The Parents Committee serves as a point of contact for all parent representatives. You may contact the Director at any point with questions, feedback, and assistance with class duties.
Serve on the Transportation Day Planning Committee
The Planning Committee is responsible for the overall planning necessary to effectively execute Transportation Day from start to finish, including event planning, setting meeting dates, creating deadlines, facilitating the identification of goals and outcomes, and creating and distributing materials (letters, emails, spreadsheets, PowerPoints, marketing materials, etc.) to committee members. The Committee typically consists of members of God’s Garden or Horizon Church and regularly reports event status to The Church Session (Board of Directors).
Join the Teacher Appreciation Committee
This committee was designed to show our appreciation to the staff at God’s Garden. This committee provides appreciation throughout the school year (by donating treats during staff meetings, by providing Christmas gifts and end of year gifts, etc.), and during Teacher Appreciation Week – the first week of May. A Parent Coordinator is needed to help organize the events and recruit parent volunteers to assist with the events. The Parent Coordinator will oversee the monthly donations to staff meetings and overall organization of teacher appreciation week in May.
Participate in your child’s educational experience
If you are able, share your hobbies and interests in the classroom. Celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Appreciate your child’s teachers. Attend Chapel and get to know the Pastor of the Church. Attend the parent-teacher conferences and give us feedback about what and how your child is learning. Share family pictures that illustrate how your child is developing. Offer a testimonial we can share with other parents.
Visit or Volunteer in the classroom
Providing quality education and care for your child requires close cooperation of families and God’s Garden Staff. We feel a strong partnership with the parents is very important. After all, parents are the most important person in your child’s life! Together, as significant adults in your child’s life, we promise to work with you to become the bridge between home and school. We would like you to be an active partner in our program. God’s Garden has an open door policy. We welcome and encourage you to visit or volunteer in your child’s classroom at any time.
Serve the Community
Horizon and God’s Garden work together to serve the community. We engage in a variety of service projects throughout the year, including mission trips to Mexico and Central America.
We serve meals at the Phoenix Rescue Mission and take food donations to Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank in Chandler. Adults, youth, and children as young as five years meet at Feed My Starving Children in Mesa four times a year to pack food for children in Haiti and other developing countries. We participate in Operation Christmas Child, Christmas Angel Tree, AZ Helping Hands, Soles for Soles Shoe Drive, Love Up Foundation, and Becca’s closet. We also travel to Mexico and Honduras to pray with families, teach bible school classes, worship, and work in the communities.