Photos: Dayspring Christian’s 5th-annual Service Day
As superstorm Sandy swept over the East Coast and up into New England, Dayspring Christian Academy prepared to host its 5th Annual Service Day. When Friday morning of the same week dawned, Christy Van Steenberg, principal of the main campus, watched the morning news and heard a woman begging people to come and help. The value of teaching students to help and serve others in the community that day was never more real and timely.
Students from kindergarten through 12th-grade, along with faculty, staff and more than 30 parent volunteers, dispersed throughout the Blacksburg area. In total, Dayspring sent 34 teams to 27 different locations. Some teams participated in much-needed maintenance projects, including raking leaves, mulching and cleaning windows. Some collected donated goods for local food banks, while others purchased supplies and organized shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Still others visited residents at local nursing homes, sharing caring hearts and cheerful smiles in addition to helping hands.
One family touched by the Dayspring students’ service said, “My sincere thanks to the students and adult teacher who came to my home and removed leaves. This was a difficult job, and all worked very hard and did an exceptional job. I am really proud of all of you.”
It was just one day of work, but one that will multiply throughout the year as students learn to see the many needs of those around them and seek to help meet them in a generous and compassionate way.
– Written by Dawn Johnson; submitted by Kathy Ribbens
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