Students pledge to serve.
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A stronger Maranatha, together.
Maranatha fosters the development of Christian values in our students, raising them up into people of integrity. And that quest to build character is why the Beyond the Walls service day is a meaningful tradition at our school. Beyond the Walls centers on a pledge for a pledge. Students pledge to serve in our community, and secure donation pledges to support our school. It’s all about building a stronger Maranatha.
The annual event is a day of school-wide community service, explains Kelly Wilde, MCA Community Relations Coordinator. “The service day will have our students out in the community helping others and impacting Shawnee and beyond,” she says. Students serve for the entire school day in groups with their grade level, fostering camaraderie as well as character. Community organizations include Mission Southside, My Father’s House, Urban Scholastics and Freedom Farm.
“We want the kids to understand the importance of paying it forward,” Mrs. Wilde says. “Living in the place we do is a privilege, and we’re called to make this a better place. They’re learning how to operate as the hands and feet of Christ.”
As students volunteer, they learn critical life skills and get to put their faith into action. “Through Beyond the Walls, students learn why it’s important to try new things, how to use their leadership abilities and how to support their peers in a project,” Mrs. Wilde says.
Eagles of all ages participate in Beyond the Walls. “Even our littlest Eagles are giving back in a servant leadership way,” Mrs. Wilde shares. Maranatha kindergarteners volunteer in preschool classrooms. Teachers join in on the service too, chaperoning students and giving back at the same time.
Furthermore, giving students opportunities to volunteer today makes them more likely to continue in the future. Research indicates that Protestant school graduates are more likely to persist in volunteering during their adult years. Once they’ve caught the voluntarism bug, they’ve caught it for life.
Just as significant as the service day itself are the community donation pledges. As an important fundraiser for the school, Beyond the Walls donations will help with school improvements, like enhancing technology resources and structural updates, as well as curriculum and operational needs.
Why ask students to help fundraise? “We want our students to be involved in all levels of the academy,” Mrs. Wilde explains. “We want them to realize that, even though they’re still students, they can have an impact on the school today and the school in the future.”
Ultimately, the Pledge for a Pledge focus gives community a chance to support Maranatha as students engage with the community. “When our students get to see things from a different perspective, it builds them up as Christians and as people of character,” Mrs. Wilde says.
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