You've heard the expression, "It's not all about you!" For the believer, that's true! While God cares immensely about us, He also cares for every other person on this planet. There is a sense that we are part of a larger whole, and as we partner together to care for others' needs, we find great joy, meaning, and purpose. When we serve others, we also align ourselves with our Master, Jesus, who has set the example of servanthood for His disciples to follow.
Service is an important component of a child's education at CCS. It's so important that it is highlighted in our mission and vision statements! In order to accomplish this goal, we specifically set aside time each school year to engage in service projects for the purpose of putting someone else's needs above our own. We partner our older grades with our younger grades and plan ways to serve others at our school and in our greater community. We set aside time for 3-4 opportunities each year.
For our first service project of the year, we decided to come together as a school body to serve other students who have been affected by recent disasters and economic challenges. In partnership with Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM), we are collecting donations for School Pal Paks (SPPs). We will accept collections for the next four weeks and then assemble the SPPs together with our partner grades later in November. These SPPs will then be delivered to a warehouse and will await shipment to other Christian schools, whether in our own country or abroad. Since 2005, over 120,000 SPPs have been given to needy students.
Each Student Pal Pack contains the following items:
· 2 composition notebooks (NOT spiral bound)
· 1 package of #2 pencils (quantity 10-12 pencils)
· 1 package of black pens (quantity 10-12 pens)
· 2 pink erasers, 2- 3 inches long
· 2 rules (6-inch or 12-inch with metric measurements)
· 1 package of colored pencils (quantity 12-15 pencils)
· 1 pair of blunt-nosed scissors
· 1 hand-held pencil sharpener
For the next four weeks we are collecting:
October 17-24 - notebooks (composition, NOT spiral) and rulers
October 25-31 - packs of colored pencils
November 1-7 - blunt-nosed scissors and packs of erasers
November 8-15 - pens, pencils and pencil sharpeners
The partner grades that collect the greatest number of items (by percentage), will earn a free Spirit Day and ice cream. Of greater significance than a prize, however, will be the joy of serving others less fortunate than ourselves. Will you join us in this opportunity?