Kinder School Demonstrates Giving Spirit

Enthusiasm, energy and joy — these are some of the youthful qualities that the Kinder School class of Skagit Adventist Academy in Burlington, Wash., have been sharing with the residents of Country Meadow Village in Sedro Woolley, Wash.

Students visited the retirement village four times this school year to sing; to share hats, candy canes, jelly bean treasure boxes or flowers; and to give hugs. The residents especially seem to enjoy the interactive songs where they get to clap their hands. The local weekly newspaper once featured the class on the front page after a visit.

Again in the spirit of giving, the class collected money at Thanksgiving to buy pumpkin pies, cookies and oranges for the Sedro Woolley Community Thanksgiving dinner.

At Christmastime, the class of 15 preschool and kindergarten students gathered gifts, wrapped presents and delivered them to a single mom with three small children.

The children always get excited about giving to others and making Jesus glad. One parent tells how her child said, "I can't be sick today. We are going to visit the old people and make them happy."

Throughout the school year, these young students learn lifelong habits of being generous. Students also don't mind the cookies they receive after their programs at the retirement home.

July 01, 2010 / Washington Conference