Legacy Christian Academy students will branch out to help out April 17.
The Caseyville school will host its second annual Learning Thru Serving Day, designed to teach children the value of serving others. Students from pre-kindergarten through ninth grade will help the elderly and those in need in Caseyville, Washington Park and surrounding communities.
Preschool and kindergarten students will play bingo with residents of the Charles Gardens Retirement Center in Fairview Heights while the older students help clean three yards of local shut-ins and Caseyville Park. A group will also clean at a ministry in Washington Park.
The first annual Learning Thru Service day was such a success last year that the Washington Park ministry and the LCA students have been waiting for this day all school year, Legacy Christian Academy Principal Anita Gajewski said. Another group eagerly anticipating the event this year is senior citizens at a Fairview Heights retirement center.
“Charles Gardens always loves Legacy students playing bingo with them and the students love making new friends at the retirement home,” Gajewski said.
The event is also an important fundraiser for the less-fortunate students at the school. All students raise money through pledges for participating in the event. More than $6,000 was raised last year to help families who want a Christian education for their children but cannot afford it.
Students reorganized a food pantry, washed walls, vacuumed, mopped and dusted at four locations last year.
Activities on April 17 begin with an 8:30 a.m. pep rally at Legacy Christian Academy. Students will board buses to two Belleville homes, a Caseyville home, Charles Gardens and the Washington Park ministry. After lunch, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will continue their day of service cleaning at the school while older students clean Caseyville Park.
Prizes are awarded to individual, classes and the entire school if certain goals are met. For some, the prizes are secondary to serving the community.
“The money will go toward a scholarship for the people who want to come to this school but can’t because of lack of money,” Seung Won, a student, said. “I am so happy that I can attend this school.”
For information, including a schedule of Legacy Christian Academy’s Learning Thru Serving day, contact Anita Gajewski at (618) 345-9571.