Adopt-A-Student Program 2018

Thank you for your interest in the Adopt-A-Student program for Frank Phillips College students. Many times in life, we set out to make a difference in the lives of those around us, and what we find out is that those around us make a greater difference in us than in those we are serving. We want this program to make a difference in both the students and the parents!

Adoptive Parent Information:

Purpose
Activities to do with Your Students
Purpose

Purpose

Adopt-A-Student is an opportunity for our community to be a family away from home for college students attending Frank Phillips College. Many students who attend FPC are from the Texas Panhandle and live at home while commuting to school. Others, however, are far away from home, possibly for the first time in their lives. These are the kids who really need Adopt-A-Student. Through Adopt-A-Student, they can receive the nurturing of a stable family in one of the most exciting, yet difficult, times in their lives.

Sub-purpose - International students take a great risk coming to a place they have never even heard of much less know the language. If any of these students need a home away from home the most, it is international students. Many of these students may not have the opportunity to make it back home for the holidays or spring break. Because of the cultural differences, difficulty in language and distance, we would like to make sure international students are adopted with priority. If this is something that peaks your interest, please let us know ASAP.

Questions?

If you have questions or you need more information, please contact the following:
Krista Wilson - kwilson@fpctx.edu  |  806-457-4200x742
Deborah Johnson - djohnson@fpctx.edu  |  806-457-4200x777
Ricky Garzon - ricky@firstborger.com  |  806-273-5621x206

Again, thank you for your interest. I hope you will be involved in this critical time for young people during the most formative time in their lives.

-Ricky Garzon, Krista Wilson, Deborah Johnson

Activities to do with Your Students

Some Ideas for What you Can Do For Your Student(s)

ACADEMIC

  • Provide a quiet place to study on occasion
  • Offer to help with school supplies
  • Give advice, help, etc but don't allow them to use you to dodge their responsibilities
  • Attend their school functions, games, shows, graduations, etc...

PHYSICAL

  • Take them out to eat on Sunday after church or during the week if their schedule allows
  • Invite them to participate in holiday celebrations with your family
  • Include them in a family meal at your home
  • Invite them with you on family outings (hiking, camping, fishing, sporting events, movies, etc.)
  • Celebrate their birthday
  • Get them a dorm-warming gift
  • Send them an encouraging email/text on a weekly/monthly basis
  • Help with laundry (doesn't have to be a regular thing)
  • Give them a ride (remember, you are not a taxi service... but an occasional ride is ok)

SPIRITUAL

  • Bring them to church with you
  • Offer to pick them up/drop them off for church and special church functions
  • Send an uplifting note, email, text message, etc. 

THE KEY TO RELATIONSHIPS IS COMMUNICATION

Do whatever you can to stay in constant contact with your students. You don't want to smother them, but make sure that they know your are always there. Send a text, make a phone call, or give an invitation. It may take some time for them to warm up to you, but don't give up! On the other hand, there may be students who are all too eager to take advantage of your kindness and generosity. Don't be afraid to lay down some boundaries... communicate!

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTHER COMMUNITY EVENTS

If your student is an athlete, FPC games are free! It means a lot when you show up to their games and support them (all schedules are on the FPC website). Borger, Fritch and Stinnett have community wide events all year 'round. Ask your students to join you if their schedule allows. A simple invite goes a long way!