The halls were silent April 18 at Summit Christian Academy’s secondary building with all junior and senior high students out serving the Lee’s Summit community and surrounding areas. Things were bustling at 15 not-for-profits in the area.
Junior and senior high students, teachers, coaches, staff and parents served together in the community for an entire day painting, picking up trash and clearing fence line as part of the school’s 10th annual Service Day dedicated to all-day projects helping local charities, nonprofits, and people in need.
Tasks ranged from planting flowers and clearing debris to packing snack bags for needy children at Harvesters.
SCA students spread out across the city to work at such organizations as Antioch Baptist Church, Beaumont Baptist Church, Birchwood Baptist Church, Community Services League, Crosslines, First Baptist Church of Raytown, Harvesters, Hope Faith Ministries, Hope House, Martin City Baptist Church, My Father’s House, Play to Learn Preschool, Salvation Army Youth Camp, and the Wayside Rest Historic Home.
In the school’s preschool and elementary programs, classes executed their own service projects throughout the week. Projects ranged from cleaning local parks to heading out to Collier Care Nursing Home and John Knox Village to spend time with residents. The younger students worked with parents and grandparents to make cuddle pillows for nursing home patients.
Students engage in service throughout the year. It’s a regular part of the school’s mission to cultivate a servant heart in each student. Service Day gives students a whole day to stop their regular schedules and work shoulder to shoulder, beginning in preschool and continuing into their senior year in high school.
“By the time a student graduates from SCA, they have a long legacy of serving others,” said SCA Head of School Linda Harrelson. “We hope that this continues throughout their lives.”
Photo #1 – Fifth-grade students pack snack bags for needy children at Harvesters. From left are: Noah Ruiz Esparza, Daniel Martin, Kyle Cumberland and Ethan Beitzinger
Photo #2 - Kindergarteners make cuddle pillows for nursing home patients as part of SCA’s Service Day