Students Discover Joy of Service

by Karen States

Ready with lunches at the Agape Café soup kitchen.

Sandpoint, Idaho, June 4, 2013 -

Sandpoint Junior Academy (SJA) students in Sandpoint, Idaho, have had the thrill of experiencing firsthand the excitement of helping others. Community service was incorporated into their curriculum this year as a weekly activity.

Various projects and many requests have been brought to their attention. They began the year by baking brownies and delivering them, along with an appreciation banner, to the firemen at the local fire department. They stacked wood, cleaned up debris, raked leaves, shoveled snow and crafted flowers to distribute on May Day. Last winter when the local church's Agape Café soup kitchen flooded, students prepared, bagged and distributed 50 sack lunches. Mayor Marsha Ogilvie invited those students to the Kids Making a Difference celebration in June to receive a certificate of appreciation from the city.

Throughout the year they have also made and sent numerous get-well cards, some to as far away as California. When the Maricopa Village Christian School in Arizona needed clothing, students cleaned out their closets and sent an entire pickup load of gently used clothing to them via short-term missionaries Mike and Areleen Stevenson.

SJA students have been greatly enriched with the opportunities to lend a hand to others, and others have been blessed as students have rallied to meet their needs.