Annual Day of Service
FRCS Gives Back October 1, 2014
Contact PTF President, Nancy Mautz [email protected]
Franklin Road Christian School is dedicated to training our students in the value of community service. FRCS Gives Back is a day that is set aside for students, faculty and parents to serve our community and all are wonderfully blessed by this day helping others. Read more about recent outreach projects that happened on this day:
FRCS Gives Back-Previous Projects
Thank you FRCS students, faculty, and parents for an awesome day of service. 300 students, 60 parents, and 30 teachers joined together to serve at 16 different locations throughout the metro Detroit region. What was accomplished today? Over 480 hours of raking and yard work, 135 hours of spreading mulch, 150 hours of painting, 100 hours of cleaning, 40 hours of folding and sorting, 1600 lbs. of potatoes sorted, 300 cards written, brunch for 40 people served, 33 birthday bags assembled for the needy kids, 21 hygiene kits assembled, and butterfly houses painted for the nature center. Also, over 100 nursing home residents at four different homes enjoyed the music of 17 4th graders.
Every location at which the FRCS Family served was so grateful for the hard work that was done. Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus today!
Central Detroit Christian Restoration Warehouse – submitted by Elaina Westphal, 7th grade
When we first got there, it looked like a very hard job and a little depressing. After we started the job, there was a joy in the air. Everyone was working hard. There were some diligent girls and women folding and sorting the never ending piles of curtains, sheets, table cloths and more. Then there were the “monkey” girls climbing up the tall shelving units to empty them, sweep them and finally paint them. They painted the whole day on their hands and knees and even lying on their backs. Of course (like in the movies) to get great work done, you need to sing. So, that’s what all the girls did. What an awesome day serving the Lord on FRCS’s Serve-a-thon Day!
Detroit Rescue Mission Headquarters – submitted by Greta Goodwin
For this year’s FRCS Serve-A-Thon, a group of middle and high school students ‘gave back’ at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries Headquarters. Due to the struggling economy, DRMM has experienced a drop in donations and is in need of cards and letters to be sent to their donors. Our FRCS student’s hand-wrote more than 130 cards with personalized requests for support for DRMM and its many vital services. Each card featured a different picture of something hoped for by the young and homeless children that DRMM serves. “It’s really touching when you see these cards and the kinds of things the kids are hoping for, things that we take for granted,” said Brianna Robison, a Franklin Road sixth grader. All were blessed by this opportunity to serve the needy. DRMM Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel Williams, expressed immense gratitude for the support. “I’m usually a ‘one-man-show’,” she said. “Having all your help is like Heaven to me.”
Grace Center of Hope
It’s all about serving. Whether you are serving someone directly or indirectly it’s the attitude and having the heart of serving that was important for Franklin Road Christian School students today. A group of 20 middle school and high school students skipped the classroom today to serve Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac. They raked, bagged and gathered over 50 bags of debris from the cemetery grounds. It was an opportunity to fill a need in our area communities.
It was a great day with students working with fellow students in other grades to work together and do something good for someone else for no other reason than to just want to help someone else. Grace Centers of Hope is formerly known as Pontiac Rescue Mission, Oakland County’s oldest and largest homeless shelter providing hope and help since 1942. It has grown and evolved into the largest and oldest faith-based outreach program committed to positively changing the lives of the homeless, addicted and unwanted through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, personal accountability, life skills education and work-related programs.
Marlow Webster, a 6th grader at FRCS, was asked what he enjoyed most about serving at Grace Centers of Hope he responded, “Seeing and making new friends. But that’s not the only reason. Another reason is that we get to do something that is good and puts a smile on peoples’ faces. It’s fun to help people because you know you’re doing something right.”
Kristen Massey, 11th graders shares, “It’s important to have a serve-a-thon day at FRCS because we are a Christian school that believes in a God that was sent here to serve and not be served, and we plan to follow in His example as Christians and serve others around us.”
Mariah Cardenas O’Toole, 11th grader states, “Having a serve-a-thon is important because we have been so incredibly blessed and it is our responsibility to bless others. Also, as Christians we are called to serve because Christ himself came to serve.”
Kaila Polk, 11th grader added, “I enjoy getting the chance to serve others alongside my friends. It is important to serve others with a joyful heart. Getting the chance to serve with friends helps make the experience more enjoyable as well.”
Brecken Mumford, 11th grader, said, “With friends everything – even good things – is more enjoyable. Knowing we are making a difference in someone’s life really puts a smile on my face.”
Detroit Rescue Mission Oasis Center
A group of middle and high school students spent the day painting the rooms at the Oasis Center in Detroit
A group of middle school students sorted through 1600lbs of potatoes. Throwing out the ones that has spoiled and packaging the good ones for families in need.
Ronald McDonald House
A group of middle school students brought food and prepared brunch for the families staying at the house. Egg casseroles, sausage, pancakes, and fruit where on the menu. After preparing the meal they also did some cleaning around the house.
Hope Alive Church
A group of high school students spent the day helping to beautify the outside of Hope Alive Church.
Armed with shovels, rakes, pitch forks, wheelbarrows, tarps and even a wagon, FRCS middle school and high students headed out to tackle two large mounds of mulch. The “Mule Team”, as Kevin Whitted called them, was comprised of several 8th graders who helped by carrying tarps loaded with mulch to all corners of the playgrounds.
The reason some of these students chose this activity for their “FRCS Gives Back” day was to be outside working with their friends. God provided a rain-free day as the students used their hands, feet and strength to bless the FRCS Elementary students. By the end of the day, all of the mulch had been spread on the two playgrounds and even a load of wood chips was spread along the walkway to the ball field.
Doctor’s Hospital of Michigan
Middle school and high school students spent the day weeding, raking, trimming hedges, and picking up trash to help clean up the parking lot area of the hospital in Pontiac.
City of Walled Lake
A small group of middle and high school students cleaned up and painted the back of a building that was adjacent to the city park. They also weeded the area and cleaned up a wall along the park. Their supervisor from the city told them they got more work done in one day than usually get done in several weeks.
1st Grade – submitted by Libby Schell
The 1st grade class went to Heritage Park, in Farmington Hills, where they helped clean up a trail, spread mulch and paint butterfly houses. The students learned about nature as they went on a walk with a Naturalist to pick up pine cones and rocks from the trail. They worked hard spreading mulch over the picnic area. They ended the morning by putting colorful hand prints on two butterfly houses to help attract butterflies.
4th Grade – Music Ministry at Local Nursing Homes
FRCS 4th Grade, led by their teacher, Mrs. Geri Yost, visited four local nursing homes and sang and recited poems for the residents. The audience was all smiles as they say along to the songs of their youth. Many of the residents asked the group to come and visit again, and are excited about the Christmas caroling we will bring in December. In addition to the songs, all seventeen fourth graders recited scripture for the alphabet up to letter J. It was a wonderful time of ministry, and fellowship with the residents.
Kindergarten – Hygiene Kits for Brightmoor Prayer House Mission
The kindergarten class spent the morning assembling hygiene kits and making cards to go with them. The kits will be handed out at the Brightmoor Prayer House Mission. Each recipient will not only receive toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, soap, razors, shaving cream, etc., but also cards telling them that Jesus loves them and cares for them.
2nd Grade – Birthday Bags and Heritage Park
The 2nd grade class spent the morning assembling Birthday Bags that will be distributed at a local food bank. When a family comes in with a child with a birthday that month they will be given a birthday bag. In the birthday bag is a cake mix, frosting, candles, balloons, plates, a goody bag and a handmade birthday card. In the afternoon they went to Heritage Park and helped to spread mulch on the picnic area.
3rd Grade – Northville Civic Concern
The 3rd grade went to the food bank where they worked with Senior Citizen volunteers to check expiration dates on the cans and boxes. In addition, they were able to decorate the grocery bags used to give out the food with pictures and “Jesus love you” so those receiving aid will also receive the message that Jesus cares for them.
5th grade – Yard Clean up and bleachers
The 5th grade class spent the morning cleaning up the yard of a couple who, do to upcoming knee surgery, has been unable to get outside and winterize their gardens. In the afternoon they spent cleaning the FRCS bleachers from top to bottom. The FRCS fans will enjoy sitting on the extra clean bleachers!