“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31 As a part of Christian education, Lafayette Christian School (LCS) prizes the priority of service. Every year, during the fall season, students from all grade levels have a certain day within the Community Work Day week that is designated for their class’ community service project.
With the verse motto as Matthew 20:28: just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many, Community Work Day creates an opportunity for LCS faculty, staff, and students to put the needs of local churches, health facilities, and non-profit organizations above their own. This also provides LCS with an opportunity to build relationships and make deeper connections with others throughout the community.
Middle school students were helping with maintenance and clean up at local churches including Callaway Baptist, Faith Baptist, Oakside Baptist, Rosemont Baptist, and Fountain Church, picking up trashing and working on the beautification of Yellow Jacket Park on West Point Lake, and preparing meals at Western Heights Baptist Church for Circles of Troup County (a poverty prevention, non-profit organization).
High school students enjoyed singing at West Georgia Health’s Hospice and visiting with patients there while also lending a helping hand to any needs of the Emmaus Women’s Shelter. Elementary school students delivered cookies to the LaGrange Library, Government Center, and Lukken Industrial Drive’s fire station/ambulance center. They also provided the Troup Guidance office with backpacks stuffed with food for students to take home over the weekend.
Other service sites scattered throughout the community included Pineland Boys Home, the Biblical Center, the Red Cross, Whitesville Road Elementary School, Camp Viola, and several nursing homes.
LCS’ 2016 Community Work Day put the Golden Rule into practice by allowing faculty, staff, and students to spend a day walking in the shoes of the ultimate Servant.
For more information on how you, your local business, or your local non-profit organization can partner with LCS’ annual Community Work Day, contact their main office at 706-884-6684.
Peyton Hanners Staff Writer