The Presbyterian Middle School students and faculty were proud to serve 12 non-profit organizations in the Houston community during the school day on Thursday, December 21, 2012 during their Annual Middle School Day of Service.
The organizations served included Amazing Place, BEARing Gifts, Child Advocates, Emergency Aid Coalition, FEED the Children, Holly Hall Retirement Community, Houston Food Bank, Kid’s Meals, Main Street Ministries, Nehemiah Center, St. Andrew’s School and St. Paul’s Preschool. With over 200 5th-8th grade middle school students serving in the community, students were truly able to make a difference and contribute a valuable amount of institutional help to these organizations.
The Presbyterian Middle School Day of Service is a day set aside for students to expand their awareness of the local Houston community and to see how they can be a vital part of this community. Empowered to be servant leaders, Presbyterian Middle School students are modeling Christ’s example of leadership by choosing to serve and put others first. Students are learning that a servant leader is someone who is servant first, who has a responsibility to the world and who is contributing towards the well-being of people and the community. In serving and meeting the needs of others, students are naturally assuming the important responsibility of leadership.
Students provided fellowship to senior adults with Alzheimer’s disease in the Amazing Place. Students enjoyed doing Christmas crafts, singing Christmas carols and participating in physical education classes with the senior adults.
At the BEARing Gifts, students chose a card with a child’s name, informations, and three wishes for Christmas. They then went through the warehouse trying to fulfill each child’s wishes.
Eighth graders spent time at Child Advocates organizing a toy closet, folding t-shirts, and taking down decorations.
Students sorted food and clothing donations to be given to needy families in Houston for the Emergency Aid Coalition.
At Feed the Children, students assembled boxes of toiletries and other necessities for needy families that will be distributed throughout the country.
The middle school choirs sang for the senior adult residents at the Holly Hall Retirement Community. Students also helped coordinate Christmas crafts to serve as festive holiday decorations for the Holly Hall residents’ rooms.
Students sorted and repacked food at Houston Food Bank.
Students also helped Kid’s Meals, an organization similar to Meals on Wheels, but whose mission is specifically targeted towards children.
Main Street Ministries received Christmas cards made by all Presbyterian Middle School students. These cards will be placed in boxes to be passed out to those in need.
Eighth grade students spent time at Nehemiah Center, St. Andrews School, and St. Paul’s School with Pre-K students. Presbyterian students set-up and ran 5 craft centers and helped children assemble different Christmas crafts.
One of the many valuable insights Presbyterian Middle School students gleaned during their Day of Service was that many non-profit institutions need help throughout the year, regardless of the holiday season. Students came away from their day of service energized and ready to do more in the community.