The Presbyterian Middle School students and faculty served 11 nonprofit organizations in the Houston community for an entire school day on Thursday, Dec. 15 during their Annual Middle School Day of Service.
The organizations served included Amazing Place, The Children’s Museum, Christian Community Service Center, Emergency Aid Coalition, Holly Hall Retirement Community, Kids Against Hunger, Kid’s Meals, The Rise School, SEARCH, Star of Hope and Nehemiah Center.
With over 200 5th-8th grade middle school students serving in the community, students were 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 the 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, cross word puzzles and playing pool with the senior adults.
At the Children’s Museum, students “test marketed” exhibits, restocked current exhibits and gave feedback to the Children’s Museum staff on the quality of the exhibits.
Students sorted food and clothing donations to be given to needy families in Houston for both the Christian Community Service Center and the Emergency Aid Coalition.
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 packaged vitamin enriched meals for Kids Against Hunger to be sent locally and internationally to curb the problem of hunger. Students also helped Kid’s Meals, an organization similar to Meals on Wheels, but whose mission is specifically targeted towards children.
Students were teacher helpers in classrooms at the Rise School. They played, read, and enjoyed meeting the delightful students there.
Students served SEARCH by bringing the materials and making 130 sack lunches for the homeless.
The National Junior Honor Society students led a school wide donation drive and collected basic necessity items. Students gathered all the donated items and brought their collection to the Star of Hope. Once there, students made cards of encouragement for the clients of SOH, and they attended a graduation ceremony honoring those that had finished the program there.
Service activities for the Nehemiah Center included making Christmas ornaments, cards and reading books with preschool children.
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.