While GCA juniors and seniors were away at Carolina Point for their annual retreat, GCA freshmen and sophomores spent a day serving in a wide variety of locations on campus and in the Knoxville community.
Some students and staff spent time working on the GCA and Grace Baptist campus, supporting the ministries on site. Students helped set up for the Grandparents' Day event, worked in the Grace Student Building, and helped prepare classrooms for Grace Baptist Church small groups and activities.
Several GCA groups went to a few KARM locations, continuing the partnership that is already established with this effective local ministry. Students assisted the staff by sorting and preparing donations, organizing displays, and working with the KARM staff.
Serve Day took other groups to support the work of HomeSource East Tennessee, a nonprofit company that focuses on providing safe and affordable housing for low income seniors. GCA students and staff, through this organization, interacted with the staff and residents at Willowbrook Assisted Living and Riverbirch Village. The students also assisted with cleaning, landscaping, and disinfecting wheelchairs.
Another group of students and staff from GCA spent their Serve Day working again with the nonprofit organization, STAR (Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding), by providing necessary upkeep to the property. Second Harvest Food Bank was another location where GCA students and staff invested their time and effort, as they worked in the Product Recovery area in the Maryville warehouse and processed donated food for distribution.
With Service as one of the Core Values of Grace Christian Academy, it is our goal to model servant leadership and to provide opportunities for students to have the experience of serving others.