Grace Christian Academy students complete serve-a-thon |

Grace Christian Academy students complete serve-a-thon

by Caryn Haller

Jim Grant / The Record-Courier

Singing, reading stories, playing games, landscaping and making Mother’s Day cards are some of the ways Grace Christian Academy students raised money and made a difference last week.

Kindergarten through eighth-grade students completed a week of service projects Monday for the school’s third annual serve-a-thon.

“We started out doing a walkathon fundraiser and felt like we weren’t doing a lot of good, so we thought why don’t we try and do a week of community service,” event director Tracey Cummings said. “The response has been positive, and we do have so many needs that even kids as young as they are can help in the community.”

Zoe Tkaczyk, 13, enjoyed the outdoor aspect of some of her service projects.

She helped with trail building in Genoa, garden work at the Domestic Advocate Center, and packed goodie bags for the Meals on Wheels.

“I like being able to do them outside, so when we got to do the trails and gardening that was really cool,” she said. “I think it’s good to help the community because a lot of people need it, and can’t afford to do it themselves. And when you do it with little kids it’s good to give them experience of helping others.”

Other projects included singing and reading to Merrill Gardens residents, playing games with children at Eagle Valley Children’s Home, making baked goods for the Tahoe Community Food pantry, and collecting food for Backpack Buddies.

“The kids come out of it feeling so grateful for their health and the blessings they have,” Cummings said. “When they see their efforts are met with kindness in the community it makes them feel useful, and that they can contribute to the community.”

Luke Allen, 12, helped with the trail building and packing bags for Meals on Wheels.

“It was really good to help the community out. I enjoyed the trail building because it was fun to play in the dirt, help build the trail and use a bunch of tools,” the sixth-grader said. “It’s nice to help other people because it puts our faith in action, and spreads our school name so people will know it.”

The school will celebrate their achievements with a picnic in Lampe Park on June 6.

To sponsor a service project for next year, call Grace Christian Academy at 782-7811.