IN THE SAME WAY, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE BEFORE OTHERS, SO THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS AND GIVE GLORY TO YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN. – Matthew 15:6
We would not be fulfilling our mission to build our students’ academic, spiritual and social foundations for lives of leadership and service and nurturing Christian faith and character, if we did not embrace active service for the benefit of others.
There are many different ways that we seek to build a mindset of lifelong service in our students. Starting with our very youngest, students given hands on opportunities to discover that our community is full of needs, some very personal and others more communal in nature. By in begins with education. Helping children to begin to understand the conditions that lead to social injustice, poverty, inequality and sickness will allow them to serve and give with growing understanding and empathy. The themes of compassion, restoration, and redemption allow us to attempt to view our community through the eyes of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Each year, Grammar School students, teachers, and families participate in a number of outreach activities including school-wide drives and collections as well as participation in a class specific service project each year. CCA has been delighted to form lasting relationships with many community service organizations that look forward to our involvement each year. Service projects have included many opportunities for real life service including but not limited to the following;
- Food drives and service at Haven From Hunger, the North Shore’s largest food pantry, located here in Peabody, MA
- Service at Perkins School for the Blind
- Community Service and property care for the towns of Danvers and Peabody
- House of Hope, Lynn: Collections and Service
- House of Hope, Lowell: Adopt-A-Christmas-Child
- Rosewood Nursing Home
- Peabody Fire Department
- Massachusetts Veterans Association Drives
- Red Cross collections
- Community Service in churches throughout our broad community
- Beverly Bootstraps
Community Service (volunteerism) is very important in the development of middle and high school age students. We know many CCA students are involved in service projects with their church and youth group, but we also provide opportunities for our students to serve shoulder to shoulder with their classmates and teachers. Volunteering promotes community; working side by side with friends from school grows a bond between all involved. Serving also initiates gratitude in students as they realize how they have been on the receiving end of many who serve them. Volunteering is also a great way for students to learn about the world around them and how they can impact it for the better, applying their abundant energy and compassion to doing good works, not for their own glory or resume, but for the good of others and to the glory of God.
Rhetoric School students have several opportunities through out the year to participate in Community Service activities. In past years student groups have served at Haven from Hunger in Peabody, My Brothers Table in Lynn and Peabody Park Clean up initiatives.
The National Honor Society also engages students in a variety of service opportunities including:
- Hoops for Hearts with the American Heart Association
- Hat and mitten drive for a Lowell Homeless Shelter
- Financial Support to Onthatile Children’s Ministry, an orphanage in South Africa
- Musical Entertainment for residence at Rosewood Nursing Home