our students in service to their community is an important
component of education at CCS. Jesus often taught his disciples
about reaching out to others. It is a natural outpouring of
appreciation for all that God has done for us. Jesus clearly
stated the importance of service, "Whatever you have done for the least
of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
Annually, Elementary students are involved in a school wide missions and service project, particularly focusing on a specific tangible need that a missions or Christian service agency may have and allowing students to create a connection with the recipient. Individual elementary classrooms will also provide opportunities for hands-on service and sharing.
Middle school students join together each year for at least two missions and/or service projects. In the past these projects have included supporting a Compassion child, preparing shoeboxes for needy children at Christmas, collecting items for local shelters, etc. Student council provides leadership to these projects.
Middle school students also have an individual Christian Growth, Service and Outreach requirement which can be fulfilled by being involved in helping others by making a comforter for the homeless or needy, helping at the Reuzit shop across the street from the school, assisting in elementary classrooms, helping at their local church, or even serving here at CCS by doing on campus projects. Students will keep a log of their service hours.
High school students have an annual service day in which they reach out to the community, meeting a variety of needs. They may also be involved in mission opportunities both domestic and international. In the past we have sent out high school mission teams to Guatemala and to the desperately poor regions of Appalachia.
All high school students give hours to individual Christian growth, service, or outreach activities throughout the school year. These required hours may be completed through service to a mission organization, a local church congregation, the community, or CCS. Students create their own proposals for participation in missions and service and keep a log of their activities.
In a recent survey of CCS students, one student commented on the reason for being involved in service opportunities stating, "Because they are a way to give back to others what they lost or what they never had. It is also a way to show the love of God to the world. He died for us and we can give up some of our own time and abilities to His work."