Now that the holidays are behind us and a new year has begun, it is easy to look back at the Christmas season and see how our wonderful students, teachers, and families participated wholeheartedly in the giving spirit through individual donations to school sponsored events or through giving of your time and energy in your own special ways. While we love to see the “giving spirit” at Christmas time when so much love and joy is bestowed upon all of us, we also hope to instill in our students here at North Shore Christian School the idea that giving should not end when the decorations are taken down and the Christmas songs have ended. Soup kitchens still need volunteers, nursing homes still have seniors in need of love and compassion, and charities across our region and country need support all year long. This is why we strive to nurture a giving spirit in our students not just during the holiday season but during all seasons.
In order to achieve this students at North Shore Christian School take part in so many activities of giving and selflessness throughout the school year and during vacations. Here are just a few of the ways that we savor giving back and volunteering in our community and beyond.
- Our annual Haiti Shoebox Project is led by our 3rd and 4th grade students at the NSCS Beverly Campus. This is geared to provide children of Haiti, one of the poorest nations in the Western Hemisphere, with items such as hygiene products, small toys, and school supplies.
- NSCS students often visit and volunteer at My Brother’s Table, a soup kitchen in Lynn, Massachusetts, that serves over 300 people a day, seven days a week. Many times we visit we bring homemade cookies.
- Our students host a pajama drive for those in need and donate to local organizations.
- We regularly donate to Puritans Purse. This is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
- One of of greatest joys is visiting the local nursing homes to be companions, recite poems, sing songs, and make small gifts with and for the residents.
- We write to and pray for our student pen pals in India.
- In the days and months after the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico we collected food and raised funds for the people of the island.
- Beverly Boots Strap – Students hope to host a food drive this spring. All canned goods will be delivered by students to our Beverly local food bank.
- A Baby Wipe Drive will be happening the month of February, as our students show a little LOVE to local mothers in need of baby supplies.
- This spring NSCS will partner with the Second Congregational Church of Beverly and raise funds to purchase grocery store gift cards for homeless people in the area.
- Our 5th & 6th Grade students get a shout out for faithfully serving our school community each day as they set-up and clean-up after our lunch periods.
- Our 3rd Grade students get a shout out for faithfully acting as Reading Buddies to our preschool students each week!
It is always a joy to watch the students, even the very young ones, grow in their ability to serve. We find that as they are provided with opportunities to do so, they begin to desire to do more. And as they continue serving and giving they experience the blessing received from such altruistic behavior and attitudes. Of course, we believe that serving and giving is also an opportunity to demonstrate our love for God. Our students recognize that they have privileges that are not afforded to other children, be it in America, or elsewhere around the globe, and so cultivating a heart that gives and serves make the world a better place. While we can’t change everything that is wrong with the world, our students are learning that they can make impact, small and large, and they do so with one small act of kindness at a time.