At LCA, service is lifted up as the ‘natural’ way of living, not as a mere add on to it. “I have not come to be served, but to serve…” said Jesus in Mark 10. As His followers, we seek to emulate His ways.
The LCA community is regularly encouraged to be ‘excellent in the small things’. We serve each other by holding open doors, saying ‘thank you,’ and offering an encouraging smile or word whenever possible. We also extend that service to our larger community. Each November, we end school an hour early so that our students and their advisors can go out into the LCA neighborhood to rake leaves. In that hour, more than 300 bags of leaves are raked up!
Although the idea of serving permeates the LCA way-of-life, there are some intentional community service requirements in the upper school.
Ninth graders, in the spring term of their Bible course, complete a ‘prophets project’. They learn to ‘act justly’ (Micah 6:8) by planning and completing a service project.
Tenth graders are required to complete 15 hours of community service outside of LCA.
Juniors are challenged by their ‘make a difference’ projects. They are encouraged to match their gifts, talents and passions with a particular need in the world in a way that makes a difference.
Seniors have no official requirement. However, having learned the value of community service, they often continue to volunteer on their own.
LCA also has a very active community service club, HOW (Helping Our World). Each year, HOW completes several small service projects like helping financially-poor children by collecting items for backpacks or filling Christmas Gift Boxes.
The LCA way is the way of service!