This year has been difficult for many, but the students of Covenant Life School (CLS) have been looking for ways to be a blessing in their community. Already this year they have delivered COVID Care packages, collected 300 pounds of food to donate and delivered lunches to local police and fire departments. On Friday, March 26, CLS students will continue to put their faith into action to serve their community by organizing a Servathon—1,000 community service projects in one day—including meals, gifts and practical provisions for the needy! Every student will participate, from pre-school through high school, in what Governor Larry Hogan has recognized as “outstanding service...to the citizens of this state” as part of the Governor’s Citation for Service which he issued for this event.
This is the seventh year of doing such an event at the school, and staff and students are excited for the scope of the projects. “One thousand acts of service in one day is a big undertaking,” said Jamie Leach, Head of the 300-student school. “We are excited to see the students having this kind of reach into the community and the world at large. Community service is a priority at Covenant Life School and we want the students to feel the effects of reaching out to support others, even at a young age.”
The 1,000 acts of service will include:
- Dinner kits for families facing food insecurity
- Baby blankets for newborn babies
- Homemade thank you cards for local police, EMS, doctors, and nurses
- COVID Care Packages for distribution to those experiencing homelessness
- Flower pots for mothers on bedrest at Shady Grove Adventist
- Animal toys and blankets for MoCo Animal Services and Adoption Center
- Cleaning kits for new home owners previously experiencing homelessness
- Serving on-site at Habitat for Humanity, Nourish Now, Interfaith Works, and more!
While the emphasis is on the service projects themselves, the Servathon is also a fundraiser. Students ask friends and relatives for personal sponsorships to support their hard work for the day. Proceeds raised will benefit both the school as well as the various non-profits distributing the hand-made goods. “We have done 5K races and other student sponsorship initiatives in the past, as nearly every school does,” said Elementary School Principal Bob Schickler. “But asking others to sponsor students for this important service day seems like a far more meaningful undertaking than asking them to sponsor students for running or walking. People have been so generous. We’ve typically raised over $30,000 for our school and community through this event.”
“It so exciting to see the 1,000 finished projects all complete and spread out on tables, ready for delivery. I can’t wait to see the faces of the people who receive these gifts and meals from the students. It’s really going to be something memorable for the students,” said Leach.
Members of the community can sponsor students or make general donations to the school’s effort. Online donations can be made at www.covenantlifeschool.org/support-cls. Contributions can also be mailed to Covenant Life School Servathon, 7503 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg.
Covenant Life School was founded in 1979, and is a dual-accredited, independent Pre-K through 12th grade school. For more information, visit www.covenantlifeschool.org/support-cls.