POSTED: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 5:30pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A Baton Rouge church wants to help save an elementary school from getting shut down. The pastor wants to "adopt" the school.
The pastor of Rose Hill Church wants to keep students in school, especially in the 70805 community.
After the announcement of nearby Istrouma high shutting down, he's taking action to make sure another community school doesn't suffer.
"So when you remove an educational facility such as this, you can almost expect crime rates to increase, and so by keeping this facility here, we understand that we are actually helping the community," Danny Donaldson, the pastor of Rose Hill Church, said.
Donaldson said, he knows the importance of education, that's why he wants to do his part to save the schools in his community.
"We know success goes beyond what kind of car you drive or what kind of house you have. True success is helping somebody else and investing in somebody else," Donaldson said. "So what we want to do is we want to invest in people. We want to help these young people to become all that God has destined them to be."
The church will start with Delmont Elementary School, and that's all thanks to one of the church's members.
""So that's when I decided to go to my pastor because I know all of the help that we can give the schools, it makes it that much better. It will help. It's going to help a whole lot, and we just know it's going to help, not only for Delmont, but other schools in the city," Pearl Porter said. "We're all dedicated to going out and doing whatever we can to help all of our schools."
Glenda Smith, the principal of Delmont, said with help from Rose Hill Church, she has hope their school will stay.
"We were just absolutely elated to have Rose Hill become a part of our school family. We are so grateful to them. We're so grateful to Pastor Donaldson and his staff and his congregation coming together to adopt Delmont," Smith said.
"Well we're going to read to the kids. We're going to come in, and we're going to clean up. We're going to paint," Donaldson said. "We're going to help with the garden project. We're going to serve in any capacity that we're needed."
The church will start working with the elementary school right away, so everything can move forward.