As part of our mission to raise children who will impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ, every classroom participates in a variety of service projects to share the compassion and servanthood of Jesus to the local and global community. Even greater than our desire to develop our students academically is our passion to build up a body of future leaders who discover the joy and fulfillment of serving others, strengthening God’s earthly kingdom in the process. Below is a list of the service projects that ALCS students have been a part of throughout the 2014-2015 school year:
Valencia Commons Assisted Living Visitation
Both kindergarten classes visited the nearby senior community and assisted living center to spend time with the elderly residents. Students made encouraging and uplifting gifts/crafts for the seniors, and spent 30-45 minutes singing, visiting with, and passing out crafts to the residents.
Military Care Package
Miss C’s kindergarten class put together a care package of snacks, writing supplies, and other necessities for a former ALCS student currently serving our country in the Navy.
Food Pantry Collection
Both first grade classes collected food during the month of December for a weekly food pantry for the homeless at First Church of the Nazarene in Ontario.
Samaritan’s Purse Monetary Collection
Both second grade classes collected money for to buy specific items (voted on by the classes) to donate to Samaritan’s Purse, which was sent to people in need around the world.
Hope Toy Drive Collection
Both third grade classes collected toys in November and December for the local Hope Toy Drive.
“Socks of Love” for the Homeless
Fourth and fifth grade classes collected toiletries and packed them into warm socks for the homeless. Accompanying the socks were personal Valentine’s Day cards encouraging the recipients with the eternal love of Christ.
Glad Tidings India Coin Drive Collection
The sixth grade class participated in its own coin drive with local NorthKirk Church and Glad Tidings India during the month of February. All money raised by the coin drive was used by Glad Tidings India to purchase Bibles for children in India and send them to VBS.
Soup Ministry Service
Both Chosen Girls and The Bridge middle school groups have served several times throughout the school year at a local soup kitchen for the homeless in Upland. Students set up, break down and clean up tables, chairs and place settings, and also cook, prepare, and pray for breakfast and sack lunches for 140 homeless people.
Operation Christmas Child
The eighth grade class spent a day at an Operation Christmas Child processing center in December to help assemble and process collected shoe boxes for the Operation Christmas Child ministry and prepare them for shipment around the world to children in need.
“’For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.’” Matthew 25:35-40