By Liz MacDavitt, MS Teacher and Dean of Students
One of the most important aspects of a North Shore Christian School education is the opportunity we have to live out our lives in faith in the greater community. This is a focus of our Middle School programming, and we had our first community service event of the school year.
Two years ago, a small group of NSCS students served the community of Beverly by working with veterans to remove flags from headstones in the cemetery behind NSCS Beverly Campus. This was a way to support veterans, and help wrap up Veterans’ Day activities in Beverly. It was a wonderful opportunity to serve, learn from our local veterans, and show that we care about this community! Students were even featured in the local newspaper and highlighted by State Representative Jerry Parisella for their service. This year, we were invited back to help with the same project.
On Saturday, November 13, Beverly Campus students in Grades 5-8 had the opportunity to participate in this event. Middle School Teacher Liz MacDavitt and Head of School Pam Heintz served alongside the group of thirteen students. Some parents of students joined in, too! Students worked for about an hour, removing 500 flags honoring Veterans Day from the cemetery. Students removed the American flags from the wooden sticks, to prepare them for a ceremonial flag burning. The group of students were able to hear stories from a local Vietnam War veteran, Jerry Giulebbe, and they even asked him some thoughtful questions. He was impressed with the students’ work ethic, respect, and desire to serve their community.
This was a simple yet meaningful act of service. Remembering and honoring our nation’s veterans is of utmost importance. Providing students an opportunity to participate in that work is no small thing. While students enjoyed working on this project, there was also a deep sense of gratitude and respect as each flag was removed. Several students could be seen silently observing moments of respect and honor to each headstone and flag. This experience is one that this group of students will not forget.