This year teachers are finding creative ways to engage students in community service. S.E.E. (Students Engaged for Eternity) activities are where the teachers find ways for their students to help in the local church, community, their world, and right in their own homes. The goal this year is to have each school participate in two S.E.E. activities a month. With COVID this has been a challenge, but the teachers have risen to the challenge and many wonderful S.E.E. activities are taking place around the conference.
Below are a few of the S.E.E. activities that have taken place:
*Students helped with Education Sabbath by participating in all aspects of the service.
*Students led out in a Friday night vesper service. Family and church members enjoyed supper and singing around a fire.
*Students at one school enjoy reading to Head Start students over RingCentral and making cards. The students were able to help deliver beds, part of the local church ministry “Beds for Kids”.
*Another school adopted grandparents in a local nursing home. Students wrote introduction letters and are looking forward to more opportunities to reach out to their adopted grandparents.
*Students are learning the importance of helping around their school by cleaning the school inside and picking up trash around the outside.
*A church is putting together 100 bags of food for the community for Thanksgiving. The students at the local school made scripture cards to put in each bag and created posters with encouraging sayings to hold when the bags are picked up at the church.
*A school has decided to participate in Operation Christmas Child. Students are collecting items for the shoeboxes. I look forward to seeing how many shoeboxes they will fill.
*Finding ways to help within a school is important. Students in one school are reading to younger students.
*Learning to dig potatoes in the church garden is what some students experienced. The potatoes were delivered to a program that helps pregnant mothers.
The goal of S.E.E. activities is for our students to let their lights shine with unselfish service in their communities, churches, schools, and homes so people can see Jesus through their actions.
Sue Nelson, Superintendent of Education