Students Serve School, Community and Church

July 01, 2012 | Doug White

The first days following spring break were quiet for some high school students at Skagit Adventist Academy (Burlington, Wash.), as many of their classmates were on a school-sponsored Dominican Republic mission trip.

These students soon discovered they could be actively involved in service within their own community.

Monday was dedicated to serving at school. Two groups quickly mastered the art of sod cutting and cleaned up the grass around newly planted trees as well as the two backstops. Another group collected sticks to be chipped, then piles of chips were distributed in the afternoon along the school's fitness path.

Students served in the community on Tuesday. All 12 students descended on a neglected city park, where a fence along the freeway needed the most help. Students cut away blackberries, picked up trash along the fence line, weeded flower beds and trimmed bushes.

Wednesday was dedicated to helping church members who needed a little extra help. Students were transported to three houses where they weeded, cut brush, mowed lawns, hauled wood and did weed-eating.

Every day, no matter the task, students participated with willing hands and smiles on their faces. Each day they were reminded of the words of Matthew 25:40: "... Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me."