Community Service

McKinney Community Food Pantry
Operation Christmas Child
When Jesus explained His reason for coming to earth, He was simple and direct: to serve and to give.
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." - Mark 10:45 (NIV)

Yet, the motivation to help and encourage… to serve our fellow man is waning in today’s world. Therefore, our goal in the Lower School this year was to encourage every child to see himself as one who serves and gives without reservation, for the glory of Jesus Christ. We emphasized that attitude was paramount in this endeavor. We focused on three categories of characteristics related to the servant image- transparent humanity, genuine humility, and absolute honesty. In an effort to move the very youngest children beyond their salvation in preparation for a life of faith in action in a postmodern era, each class selected developmentally appropriate mission activities which were relational and sacrificial in nature.

Pre-K students participated in Cereal Sunday. The students sacrificed their usual Sunday dinner by eating only a bowl of cereal. The money that would otherwise be spent on dinner was placed into a special cereal bowl prepared by each student. The money raised from Cereal Sunday was donated to a local food pantry.

Kindergarten students participated in a 100th Day collection of 100 cans for a local food pantry. They also hosted a Christmas store activity wherein students purchased gifts for the underprivileged with money that they personally earned in their homes.

First grade will support MCA Upper School student missions by praying for them and making booklets including prayers, Bible verses, colorful pictures and encouraging thoughts. They served our community by collecting Spanish and bilingual children’s books, as well as canned food items. They served our country by writing letters to our heroes in the armed forces.

Second grade students personally marketed and sold val-o-grams during their lunch periods. All proceeds from the val-o-grams were donated to a charity.

Third grade students will learn about giving sacrificially by giving up two recesses to pick up trash around our campus. They will collect food items for the McKinney Food Pantry. They will partner with Upper School missions. We will be making salvation bracelets for the students to take on their trips. They will write thank you notes to the porters on our campus.

Fourth grade students will participate in Operation Christmas Child. They will do chores at home and in their community to earn money. They will use the money earned to purchase items for shoe boxes. Students will also write a personal note to the child at school.