2016-11-10 / News

Genesee Christian School is serving the community

BY TANYA TERRY
810-452-2645 • tterry@mihomepaper.com


213 students from Genesee Christian School took part in the school’s fifth annual Service Day project. 213 students from Genesee Christian School took part in the school’s fifth annual Service Day project. BURTON — Ryan Carmody played chimes and sang for residents of an assisted living facility in Flushing. Elizabeth Harris helped package Thanksgiving meals at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

“It’s a great way to show Christ’s love to people of our community,” said Carmody, 15, a sophomore.

He and Harris were just two of the 213 Genesee Christian School students who participated in the school’s 5th Annual Service Day project Friday, Nov. 4.

Students, staff and parent volunteers performed community service projects throughout Genesee County. They worked at places like the food bank, For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum, Carriage Town Ministries, Whaley’s Children Center, Fire Station Park, Franklin Avenue Mission, Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, Crossroads Village, American House Grand Blanc Senior Living, as well as various homes and churches.


Students at For-Mar-For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum in Burton was one of the many work sites Genesee Christian School students helped out at for the Service Day project. Students at For-Mar-For-Mar Nature Preserve & Arboretum in Burton was one of the many work sites Genesee Christian School students helped out at for the Service Day project. “As adults, we are constantly filling our students with knowledge and howto training. We wanted to provide an experience that would allow for application of these teachings,” said Rob Buchalkski, Genesee Christian School administrator.

He said he and the school’s former development coordinator picked up the idea from another Christian school. It stems from a core value to serve others as an example of Christ.

Students said they appreciate the school does the project each year, they enjoy participating in it and they feel they are developing good habits through it.

“Society today has the all about me mentality or only serve others when you are well taken care of,” said Harris, 17, a senior. “This may be a school event, but I believe it teaches all the students the importance of serving.”

Carmody said it felt good to do something kind and entertaining. This wasn’t the first year Carmody participated in the Service Day project.

“Last year I went to For-Mar and did clean-up around the circle drive. I learned how much work it is,” he said.

Harris has participated in the Service Day project in the past as well. She said when her junior high put together care packages for American soldiers overseas and some soldiers wrote thank you letters to the students, it was special.

“Service Day is one of the most beneficial field trips out there because it’s starting to form habits in young people. (And) maybe it will carry into adulthood,” Harris said.

Buchalski said the students are excited about serving the community, and not just because they get out of classes to do so.

“They often come back after the service projects and ask if we can have additional service days throughout the year,” he said.

“Our goal is to develop students who will carry this spirit of servant leadership and excellence into their adult years and develop a desire to see and meet the needs of others throughout their lives,” he said.

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