Short answer: Yes.
Longer answer: Yes, but only with strong oversight.
Samuel G. Freedman at the New York Times has an article in today’s paper about how a group of evangelical Christians are helping revitalize Roosevelt High School, a public school serving a lot of low-income families. They paint walls, repair bleachers, offer tutoring, help coach the football team, etc.
Normally, that’s not a good match… but it seems to have worked out fairly well for this school and many others in the area:
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