Sharing the joy of Christ
Christian Academy out to make a real difference locally “E
Terri Knight believes the most important thing she can teach children is the true meaning of joy: putting Jesus first, others second and yourself last.
“ We live in a society where it’s all about me,” said Knight.
Owners of Woodlee’s Christian Academy, she and husband Wade operate a private Christian school located at 3915 Ga. Highway 162 South in Covington.
On Wednesday, Nov. 7, the majority of their 195- student population, accompanied by parents and teachers, will celebrate their annual Other’s Day Serve- A- Thon.
ach day, we glorify God as we allow him to be Lord in our lives or we grieve him based on the decisions we make without consulting him first.”
This fundraising event will take them across Newton and Rockdale counties to help others in practical ways and to extend the love of Jesus. Woodlee’s is committed to rekindling the message of serving one another.
In its eighth year, the fundraising concept was originated by Jan Taylor, director of Young American Christian School in Conyers.
“ Our students get people to sponsor them to go out and work in the community that day,” she said. “ Everybody wins. The school is helped out financially and the people we serve are touched by
— Valerie Bentley
Three years ago, Taylor invited Woodlee’s Christian Academy and other Christian schools to participate.
Students at Woodlee’s Christian Academy have decorated their classroom doors and mapped out their day of service. While several will help elderly with yard work, others are visiting nursing homes and service organizations. A group of boys plans to help clean up vehicles at Cars for Christ; the girls will visit Elks Aidmore Children’s Home; upper grades will take coats to the Conyers Clothes Closet and others will help stock the food pantry at the Rainbow House and Solid Rock Church.
Fourth grader Nina Rhoton is excited about returning to serve lunch at the fire stations, where she washed windows at last year’s fundraising event.
“ When you do something for someone else, it makes you feel good,” she said.
Gift baskets will be left for the firefighters returning on later shifts to thank them for their service to the community. Sixth grader, Murad Dillard enjoyed singing and helping feed the needy last year.
The preschoolers have brought items in and are making gift bags. Their pictures were taken with angel wings and the outside of the gift bag will say “ a little angel is praying for you.”
Little fireman: Alex White, a 7-year-old student at Woodlee’s Christian Academy, places a photo of himself in a firefighter suit alongside photos of his classmates on the door of Lynn Aston’s first grade class, which was decorated to honor of firefighters. Next week students from four classes at Woodlee’s Christian Academy will visit local fire stations to serve food to firefighters, clean firehouse and surrounding property and wash the fire trucks.