FPD’s sixth, seventh, and eighth graders along with several faculty members and administrators spread out across the Macon community on Wednesday, April 17 to share God’s love, serve others, and make an impact.
Students in seventh and eighth grade assisted at various ministries including Backpack Ministry, the Salvation Army, Fuller Center for Housing, Oaks at Peake, Macon Rescue Mission, and various elementary schools. They helped stock food pantries, cleaned and repaired homes, assisted staff, and spent time with the elderly as well as young students.
Sixth graders remained on campus, cleaning the gardens and making prayer blankets for United in Pink’s Kids in Pink program.
When asked why he thought it was important to serve others, eighth grader Akoi Fumbah responded, “I think that is important for community service day in Macon because there are a lot of people out there who need help. When a whole middle school gets out into the community and helps, it makes Macon a better place and makes other people and yourself happy.”
Fellow eighth grader, Laura Chan agreed. Community service “shows that we need to be thankful for everything we have, and it shows us that we can’t take anything at our school or anywhere else for granted,” she said. “I would encourage others to serve because it not only effects the lives of the people you are serving, but it effects the way you feel as well.”
FPD’s Middle School Service Day helps remind students of the hands-on ways they can help others. They see the difference their efforts make and the ways they can glorify God and share His love. It exposes them to the many organizations that serve underserved populations so when students graduate to high school, they have a better understanding of and appreciation for service organizations they can assist as part of FPD’s Community Service initiatives.