A Community Ministry of Calvary Baptist Church


Date: July - August 

Calvary Baptist Church again takes the lead to show our community that Calvary Cares. Joined this year by many of our Riverbend area businesses, Calvary seeks to support our front line classroom teachers of Alton School District # 11 while raising funds for the purchase of school supplies. These supplies will then be distributed directly to students by these same teachers.  Visit "Campaign Center" or Facebook #StuffTheBus4Kids for more information. 

Welcome Back Teachers Luncheon

Date: August  2019

Alton School District # 11 catching up with new & old friends. #CalvaryCares4Teachers

#StuffTheBus4Kids - 2019

Date: July 1 - August 16, 2019

As Calvary's annual collection of "School Supplies 4 Teachers" continued to grow, we invited our Alton/Godfrey communities to join Calvary Cares in this great work. A local Yellow School Bus was secured and a call out was made to "Stuff The Bus" for our kids by collecting school supplies for teacher classroom distribution.  In our first year YOU donated over 3-Tons of school supplies intended for our front-line teachers. THANK YOU for your response!! Our effort to reach others with the message that "We LOVE Our Teachers" was heard. Join us as we seek to include more area businesses, organizations and groups in the effort  to STUFF THIS GOAL!

School Supplies 4 Teachers

Date: July 11, 2016 - August 31, 2016

Our efforts to reach others with the message that "We LOVE Our Teachers" runs year round. As part of our summer outreach, our Calvary Cares children enrolled in a weeklong Vacation Bible School directed their daily offerings to purchase supplies for our teachers when these teachers return to school in the fall. Our adult collections ran all summer long. Thousands of dollars of school supplies were delivered to each of our Alton School District schools. These school supplies are then accessed by teachers, at their discretion, when their children have need. 

East - Lovejoy - Eunice Smith Third Day

Date: All School Year Long

Meeting the needs of our children for those extra long holiday weekends. 

Outdoor Classroom

Date: July 11, 2016 - September 15, 2016

“To have a facility like this for our students and an endorsement for our faculty that the community cares is going to put a spring in all of our steps this fall,” Utgaard said. “This is just a dream come true — to have something on your wish list actually become a reality — and at a time when budgets everywhere are depleted,it is nothing short of a miracle.” Sig Utgaard, Alton Middle School science teacher, 

Outdoor Classroom - Tables & Seating

Date: March 2, 2017 - March 30, 2017

Building & Installation

Calvary Cares "Sawdust gang" returns to build four octagon tables with seating for 32 children. Embellishing the pavilion and it's surroundings is underway as we make ready for yet another phase in our reclaiming of Rock Springs Park for our children.

Sawdust & Cats

Date: April 3, 2017 - April 20, 2017

Thank you again Alton Middle School Drama Club for giving our Calvary Cares - "Sawdust gang" the opportunity to drill, hammer, saw, nail and all the other building words that goes with the construction of a small city we know as "drama set". When our Alton teachers express their needs for the encouragement and development of our children...sawdust flies!