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“Loving God. Loving Others.”

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During the week of January 7-11, 2019, as we kicked off a new year, CHA students focused their hearts, minds and bodies in fulfilling the commandments of Mark 12:30-31. As stated in our school theme, “Loving God, Loving Others,” students learned how to love God more deeply by serving others. Our students gave unhesitatingly of themselves through many age-appropriate opportunities.

Grade 1: Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Lott

  • Decorated Happy New Year’s Wrappers and wrapped Gourmet Candy Bars to send to our CHAUS Alumni.

2nd Grade: Mrs. Cho and Mr. Schroeder

  • Made placemats for Seniors at Northshore Senior Center
  • Visited the Holy Missionary Sisters and sang songs and recited verses (video)

Grade 3: Ms. Spera

  • Made placemats for seniors Northshore Senior Center
  • Sang for the priests at Divine Word

Grade 4: Mrs. Fredrickson and Ms. Michaels

  • Made duffle bags for foster children
  • Visited the Holy Missionary Sisters and sang songs and recited verses
  • Packed food at Feed My Starving Children

Grade 5: Mrs. Weber and Mrs. Doyle

  • Made “Project Linus” fleece blankets for pediatric patients
  • Served at Bernie’s Book Bank
  • Visited the Holy Missionary Sisters and sang songs and recited verses

Grade 6: Mrs. Loza

  • Made “Project Linus” fleece blankets for pediatric patients
  • Made duffle bags for foster children
  • Served at Bernie’s Book Bank
  • Sang for the priests at Divine Word
  • Packed food at Feed My Starving Children
  • Made centerpieces for North Shore Senior Center

Grade 7: Mr. Chavez

  • Led presentations for RISE hands-on learning “experience”
  • Served at Bernie’s Book Bank
  • Packed food at Feed My Starving Children

Grade 8:

  • Served by presenting the play “A Christmas Carol”

Grades 9-12: 

Local Service Projects included:

  • Cleaning projects at Lydia Home, a Christian, non-profit organization in Chicago that serves foster children
  • Serving food at Pacific Garden Mission, a homeless shelter in the Near West Side section of Chicago
  • Serving at Center for Enriched Living, a home for people with developmental disabilities
  • Helping to stock foods and goods at Willow Creek Care Center

Mission/serving trips included serving children and construction projects in these locations:

  • McAllen, Texas border 
  • Cuba
  • Constanza, Dominican – with Kids Alive ministry
  • Caraballo, Dominican – with Kids Alive ministry

In addition, all grades visited a special interactive display in the Student Center by RISE International, a non-profit organization based in Northfield, that builds schools in rural Angola, Africa, to bring the opportunity for education to the poorest children. On Monday and Tuesday, January 7 & 8, RISE leaders presented a special assembly as well as a “Walk through Life in Angola”, a hands-on learning “experience”.  7th graders received special leadership training and served as presenters at various stations. Each display, some of which gave students the opportunity to try different activities and “real life” simulations, helped to raise awareness by comparing aspects of life in both the U.S. and rural Angola (Home Life, Health, Food, Water, School). Students learned that millions of children do not have a school, and that building a school in a village opens the door to education.

First grade teacher Mrs. Lott reported, “Our class was profoundly impacted by what we learned in the ‘Walk Through Life in Angola.’ One student in my class made this very heart-warming comment, ‘Maybe we could take a field trip there!’ Then later in the week, another student emptied her piggy bank, including her birthday money, and stated that she wanted to give her money to help the children in Angola.”

Fourth graders wrote their reflections, and one student shared: “I feel really happy and glad that I can serve this week. We went to the 7th grade [RISE] presentation on Tuesday. It was about Angola children and their families. They showed us that kids there don’t have a lot and most of them die before the age of five. To me, that is really sad because I think that kids should be able to live their lives fully. That is also why we went to Feed My Starving Children, because they are sick and in hospitals. We packed potatoes in bags. We would do a scoop of sweet potato, one scoop of soy, and one scoop of potatoes. It is so good for them when they are sick. I am glad that we did service week.”

Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you,” and “the Son of Man did not come to be serve, but to serve” (Mark 10:45 NIV). From Chicago to Texas to Cuba, CHA students felt the joy of serving others and experienced a glimpse of the heart of Christ, by “loving God, loving others” not only in word but in deed.

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