Welcome to the Holy Comforter/Newlin School Partnership. The Newlin School Partnership is an outreach ministry of the Church of the Holy Comforter, Burlington, North Carolina, a parish of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of North Carolina. The mission of the Newlin School Partnership is to engage the entire parish in a ministry to people who live in our “neighborhood”, emphasizing the improvement of academic outcomes for children enrolled in the Harvey B. Newlin Elementary school of the Alamance Burlington School System, Burlington, North Carolina.

Augustine Literacy Project

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Backpack Project

The major focus of the Helping Hands committee is providing weekend back packs of food to students at Newlin Elementary with food insecurity issues. Prepared and delivered to the church by the Food Bank of North Carolina, parish volunteers deliver the meals to school each Thursday afternoon. We currently supply meals on weekends to 50 children. Contact: Margaret Egede-Nissen

Celebrate Reading & Parent Involvement

Community volunteers gather books and supporting materials to send home monthly to each Newlin kindergarten child and their families. Additional parent involvement activities are planned to bring groups together during and outside of the school day. Contact: Anne Wooten


Faculty identify one deserving fifth grader in each fifth grade class who could not otherwise participate in the annual field trip. The Partnership is currently sponsoring five children. Contact: Kathy Hykes

Classroom Closet

The Partnership pays for scholarships for classroom teachers to have access to unlimited school supplies for their classroom. Contact: Kathy Hykes

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Volunteers prepare a “white tablecloth” luncheon for faculty and staff at Newlin on the first day teachers return to school. It is a way for the parish to show support for the teachers and staff. Contact: Terri Kirchen

Lucky Listeners

Volunteers read with children designated by their teachers for special attention. Teachers select students who sit with the Lucky Listener on a weekly basis to practice their reading skills.

Camp Newlin

Newlin Summer Enrichment Program (Camp Newlin)Volunteers direct a week-long program of field trips, literacy, and crafts for Newlin students who sign up. We hosted 12 students this year with middle school age volunteers and counselors. Contact: Molly Exum

Golf Tournament

Held each year to raise funds for this committee. The next tournament is TBA. Contact: Max Newbauer and Beverly Hockenberger

Spelling Bee

The Spelling Bee is held to raise funds for the Backpack Project and the Newlin Partnership. The next one is TBA.