SERVICE WEEK: A Time to Give
By Cathy Bowden Bytwerk, class of ’69, Service Week Coordinator
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
For more than twenty years, LCS has partnered with Lansing area non-profit organizations to lend a helping hand. LCSr students have the opportunity to represent Christ as they engage with those around them and use their hands to create works of art, prepare the soil, or clean a camp for underprivileged children. The school’s goals for them; develop a servant attitude, think more of others than themselves, actively engage in transforming the world for Jesus Christ.
Places where LCS students have served: Youth Haven Ranch, Lansing Food Bank, City Rescue Mission, Trinity Church, Stoneleigh House, Rainbow Home, Lake Lansing Park,and other places in the Lansing area throughout the past twenty plus years.
Students and teachers have this to say about Service Week experiences:
Judie Quinn, Academic Support Teacher – “During service Week students are able to see people and situations they are not familiar with and then see strengths in themselves that help meet the needs of the ones they are serving.”
Rachelle Trafford class of ’15 : “Service Week was an AWESOME experience! I was able to help people in need and then see my own awareness grow as I went on to college.”
Eric Thomas, High School Bible: “Service Week allows staff and students to step out of their normal routine of the classroom and step into the life of the community. We are able to serve in specific and tangible ways. It also allows students to see their fellow classmates from a different perspective.”
Student Service Opportunities at LCS
High School Student Council works with North Elementary School Students
North Elementary School in Lansing serves a diverse student population, with an emphasis on building caring relationships within a global school community. Twice each month, Student Council members spend time in classrooms, working with students representing a variety of countries, providing them an opportunity to practice their reading, math, and language skills in a one-to-one setting.
Middle School Students Learn about the Hunger Population in Lansing
Nearly 20 percent of Lansing area children do not have enough food to eat on a daily basis. This year, LCS middle school students are learning about the importance of food and nutrition in young person’s ability to learn and function in daily life.
Once a month, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students fill food bags that are delivered to Sheridan Road Elementary School in Lansing, where all students receive free breakfast and lunch, and where many students don’t have food to eat when they go home after school. The food is distributed to individual students to take home at the end of the school day.
Alternating groups of middle school students also travel to Sheridan Road Elementary once a month to spend time building relationships through planned lessons led by LCS middle school students.
High School Biology Class Clean Drinking Water Project
The high school Biology classes have been learning about the microorganisms that can be found in unclean drinking water as well as those that cause malaria. Rather than just learn about these problems and move on, we are choosing to make a difference in our world by helping those who are affected by such microorganisms.
Through multiple creative efforts including designing and selling vinyl stickers and t-shirts, this year’s Biology classes raised more than $5,000 to donate to World Vision. This money will be used to provide clean water and mosquito bed nets to families around the world who are in need! In the last eight years the Biology classes have collectively donated more than $35,000 to World Vision through this project.
Under the leadership of Miss Joos and Mrs. Lohman, approximately fifty high school students are using their lunchtime once a week to serve as pen pals to approximately seventy at-risk fourth graders at a public elementary school in Colorado. The high students all made donations to cover purchase and shipping of Christmas goodie bags filled with toys and treats for their pen pals. Through the investment of their time and the kindness of their hearts, our students are having a profound positive impact on fourth graders across the country by speaking life and truth over and into them.