The student council of Smithville District Christian High School (SDCH) organized a country festival day recently to raise funds for a water project in a developing country.
The day’s activities included a pie-eating contest, pumpkin-carving competition, pie-baking match and a pie-throwing event with the principal as the object of the flying projectile.
The council raised over $200, which was donated to a Christian relief agency for the drilling of a well to provide safe drinking water for a village.
Vice-principal Al Korvemaker says student council directs a number of the school’s service projects and is to be commended for their input.
While the country festival day was the first of its kind at the school this year, SDCH also runs a number of yearly community service activities.
The school participates in Operation Christmas Child, for which students fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and other items. About 150 boxes were sent to children in Romania this year.
A food drive for a local community care centre takes place each fall. Classrooms compete to bring in the most canned goods and this year’s winning class collected about 1,000 items at 27 per student.
The school is in the process of organizing and fundraising for an overseas trip next spring.
Twelve Grade 11 and 12 students, three teachers and a parent will be traveling to South Africa for 10 days.
The group will be bringing new computers purchased for Theocentric Christian School in South Africa. The students and teachers will be working with the staff there to install the computers and train them to use the technology in the classroom.
Two years ago a group traveled to the same school to help build a covered area under which classes could hold chapels and do other activities.
The team must raise between $40,000 and $50,000 for this trip.
Korvemaker says SDCH supports and provides opportunities for students to get involved in community service for a simple reason: “We believe that by serving others we’re actually serving God.”