“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
On Friday, January 11, 5th grade and middle school students carried out Jesus’ command. They were the hands and feet of Jesus here in Tempe.
Mrs. Thorneycroft’s 5th grade class went to Friendship Village’s Memory Care facility where they engaged with residents. Anthony played the piano while the rest of the students played games with their new friends. A highlight for all was listening to the students recite The Declaration of Independence.
Half the middle school served at the TCAA Food Pantry. Students participated in packing food boxes full of beans, canned veggies and fruit, mac and cheese, among other non-perishable items. Some students were able to pack sweets, breads, and dog and cat food boxes as well. The students felt a sense of accomplishment and purpose as they watched families pick up boxes full of food for dinner that night. When asked if Kaitlyn Wyatt could summarize her experiences she said, “It was fun to help out and it felt really good to be feeding everybody.”
“We helped pick weeds, raked the leaves out of the garden, and shovel compost into the garden. It was so fun,” Bella Ferrara reflected about her time serving at the Clark Community Park Garden. While one half of the middle school served at the TCAA Food Pantry, the other half got out their gardening gloves and beautified the Clark Community Park Garden. “I was so happy to work with all the amazing people and to see the before and after and to see that we can really make a difference and helping out people in need,” Allison Horn. Clark Community Park Garden provides fresh produce to the community.
Our students learned a valuable lesson on Friday. Serving is very rewarding! They are looking forward to serving our community again in the near future.