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Church Provides Child Care for Essential Workers

Rivers of Life Church in Holt is helping the community with child care.

The Rivers of Life Church in Holt mobilized quickly when it saw the need to help the community after COVID-19 hit.

Church leadership realized that the greatest needs were food, child care and employment. The Revs. Jesse and Brigitte Brown began putting together a team that dropped off food throughout Lansing and began providing K-6 child care for essential workers.

“It truly is better to give than to receive. It’s an honor to serve our community in such a meaningful way,” said Brigitte Brown.

As the plan was coming together, more people from the community wanted to offer assistance. Several local businesses donated food for weekly lunches — some personally catered in food, and others contributed financially to the daily operational needs of the child care.

The child care program called River Academy is focused on structured learning. The kids are taught reading, writing, math and science by certified teachers and those with degrees in education.

“As we gear up to commit to another four months of child care due to the pandemic, we are committed to upholding the same safety regulations and standard of excellence as we did before,” said academy Director Priscila Bordayo. “First and foremost, temperatures are checked for every adult and student, and every child and volunteer must wash their hands upon entering the building. Background checks are done on every teacher and volunteer.”

River Academy offers child care from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, with an after-school program from 3-6 p.m.

For more information, contact Bordayo at Pri@PriscillaBordayo.com or at (469) 658-2724.

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