Blessed to Serve
Helping children begin a life of service is a privilege we are honored to share with parents.
At ESM, we recognize the importance of helping our students learn to be faithful servants of the Lord and His people. We see the many benefits that come from service, not only for our students, but for the community and world in which we are citizens.
Each week, we collect offerings at our chapel worship services. Those offerings are designated monthly or quarterly to charities and projects that benefit people locally and around the world. Our offering designations often lead to other, more hands-on service projects, as well. For example, we have collected funds and items for Operation Christmas Child, and then packed the boxes together as Chapel Families.
We have many opportunities for service to others. From helping our fellow students and teachers, to serving those in our church, our community, and throughout the world, we see service as a privilege. We find these service projects help us to build community in our school, as well. We are blessed to be a blessing!
Some of the service opportunities we have had in recent years include:
- PALS (Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies): 7th and 8th grade ESM student volunteers are partnered with nearby young Washington Elementary students to mentor reading skills
- Making fleece tie blankets for cancer patients
- Collecting items and packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child
- Purchasing animals through Heifer Project International
- Building and maintaining a community garden at Emmanuel Lutheran Church
- Singing at nursing homes
- Making cards for veterans
- Taking treats and cards to our neighborhood police and firefighters
- Creating a rain garden at St. Michael Lutheran Church