Shining their light
Students at Trinity Christian School let their light shine on the community during an “Operation Shine” day of service on Friday.
During the third annual event, preschool through eighth grade students completed service projects throughout the county.
“We started the day of service because we wanted the students in the school to give back to the community. We are so blessed and we want to share our services,” said Tiffany Walker, head of school. “It’s never too early to start teaching them how to give their time and different things that people need. We want to instill in them that this is mission and this is what God wants us to do.”
The theme verse for the school this year is “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good light
deeds and glorify your Father in heaven,” Matthew 5:16. According to Cindy Wilkerson, admissions counselor, by working in the community students are learning about and addressing the needs of others, living in their faith and interacting with those around them.
Each grade level participated in a different project ranging from visiting nursing homes to delivering snacks to fire and police departments. The middle school students worked at the Hospice Re-Sale Shop Friday morning and at the Hospice House in the afternoon. Second graders stayed on campus to help the kindergarten pack bags for the Backpack Program and to pick up trash around campus. Third grade students raised money by selling bracelets throughout the year and then took that money and purchased canned goods to deliver to the Grace of God Rescue Mission.
“We leave it up to the teachers on what they want to do. The preschool students can’t leave campus. So they fixed little bags of candy for the Good News Club that goes into the public schools and put a Bible verse in them,” Walker said. “They really get into it. This day is not all about academics it is about serving our community and doing what God wants us to do.”