Shar­ing the joy of Christ

Chris­tian Academy out to make a real dif­fer­ence lo­cally “E

The Covington News - - RELIGION - By Colleen Capes Jack­son

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

Church pi­anist

our ef­forts.”

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.”

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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