Partnership Spotlight: Maggie Dicks at H.G. Hill Middle School Talks About Church Partner Impact

Today we welcomed Maggie Dicks to the blog, the Community School Coordinator H.G. Hill Middle School! Maggie has been the Community School Coordinator at H.G. Hill Middle School for six years. She finds immense joy in the dynamic challenges she faces at H.G. Hill Middle School. Each day presents her with fresh opportunities to grow and make a difference, making her work both exhilarating and fulfilling. 

Laura: Throughout your time at H.G. Hill Middle, how have you seen church partners impact your school community?  

Maggie: My tenure at H.G. Hill Middle School has been marked by a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment, largely attributed to the invaluable contributions of the church partners within the school community. These partners infuse the atmosphere with care, compassion, and a genuine commitment to the well-being of both students and staff. Their involvement extends far beyond philanthropy; they invest their time, talent, and treasure in meaningful ways, fostering an environment of support and encouragement.  

Whether it’s through mentorship programs, tutoring sessions, or organizing extracurricular activities, the church partners demonstrate an unwavering dedication to the holistic development of every individual. Their inherent goodness radiates throughout the school, creating a sense of belonging and unity that transcends barriers. I often marvel at the transformative power of their presence, noting how it not only enhances academic outcomes but also nurtures a sense of community and belonging among students and staff alike.  

Through church partners’ collaborative efforts, my colleagues and I can tackle challenges head-on, knowing we have a strong support system behind us. The impact of the church partners is not just felt in tangible improvements but also in the intangible sense of hope and empowerment they instill in everyone they touch. Overall, I feel deeply grateful for the partnership and the positive ripple effects it brings to H.G. Hill Middle School. 

Laura: In your opinion, what’s the best way for a church to build connections with a school community?  

Maggie: Partnering with a school can bring about significant positive change not just within school community, but for the church as well. Having an organization like United4Hope, gives churches a structured pathway to engage with Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), overcoming barriers that might otherwise hinder their involvement. A robust vetting process ensures that all partnerships prioritize the safety and well-being of students, staff, and church members, providing security for everyone involved. The opportunities for engagement are diverse and flexible, allowing churches to tailor their involvement to align with their mission and vision. Whether it’s through mentoring programs, tutoring sessions, providing resources for students in need, or organizing community events, the impact can be profound.  

By forging these partnerships, churches not only extend their reach into the community but also demonstrate a tangible commitment to serving and uplifting others. The benefits extend beyond the school walls, fostering a sense of unity and collaboration that strengthens the social fabric of the entire neighborhood. Students receive the support they need to thrive academically and emotionally, while teachers and administrators gain valuable allies in their mission to provide quality education. Ultimately, the partnership between a Nashville area church and a school serves as a beacon of hope and a catalyst for positive change, enriching the lives of all involved and building a brighter future for the community as a whole. 

Maggie, thank you for taking time to share with us. Thank you for all your work at H.G. Hill Middle and for continuing to support community partnerships in such a consistent and positive way. We appreciate you!