And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35. Our students have experienced the blessing of giving through multiple campus events during this season.
Each November during Spirit Week, the elementary, middle school and high school students participate in a “Stuff the Truck” event. In conjunction with Zarephath Christian Church the students filled a truck with cans and non-perishable items to give to those in need. This year we had over 5,000 cans to fill our truck! Mrs. Attia’s first grade class alone brought in 102 cans!
Our students also participated in Operation Christmas Child. The middle school had a packing day where they put together 95 boxes of Christmas presents for children. The elementary joined in as well with parents generously donating toys to the classes. They packed an additional 40 boxes, bringing the total number to 135 boxes to send to children around the world!
This year the high school was invited to participate in the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, a national leadership program sponsored by Chick-fil-A. This yearlong program focuses on leadership insights such as vision and values, servant leadership, teamwork, communication, innovation and impact. To kick off the program, TCS students participated in a 1 million book giveaway service project. Our school received 500 books from Chick-fil-A to donate. The students packaged the books here at school into 100 bags with five titles in each bag. Many of the books were donated to the Middlesex County College Early Learning Center. TCS media specialist, Mrs. Hubler shared how excited the children were to receive their books! Another group of books went with Senior Gianna Osterberg and her youth group who did an outreach at a housing complex in Flemington, NJ where many single mothers and low-income families live. They passed out the books, candy canes, and hot chocolate and their youth pastor shared the Christmas story with the families.
In addition to the book giveaway, our students chose to donate to Toys for Tots for their “Do Good December” project through Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. The middle school and high school brought in a total of 108 donations! This was a perfect opportunity to partner with Toys for Tots as this year marks their 75thanniversary.
In each one of these events lives were able to be touched and smiles were brought to faces as our students shared not only material things but also the love of Christ. We look forward to more opportunities our students will have to bless others in the community and around the world.