Applied Christianity class takes service trip
The Applied Christianity class traveled to White Bird Appaloosa Horse Rescue on last Wednesday. The rescue, located about 20 minutes south of Farmville, is non-profit corporation dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of abused, neglected and at-risk Appaloosa and other horses, especially those in urgent need and in danger of slaughter. Eleven cadets traveled to the farm that day, and they spent several hours helping to clear out nine stables. The labor was hard, and it required some of the cadets to step outside their comfort zone and into an environment they had never experienced. But while the work was strenuous, it was rewarding as well. Senior Andrew Morris stated, “This service has reminded me that I am only part of the picture, as the whole class worked together to complete the work and our work helped others.”
This service trip opportunity is one of many that the Applied Christianity class will experience this term. The cadets will spend time in the classroom learning about life purpose in light of the Christian faith, and our call from Jesus to love our neighbors. This love is many times exhibited through service, and cadets will have the opportunity to serve various organizations as part of the class: Camp Crossroads and Conference Center, the Fluvanna SPCA, Central Elementary School, Eagle Eyrie Conference Center, and the Ronald McDonald House of Richmond.
This service has reminded me that I am only part of the picture, as the whole class worked together to complete the work and our work helped others.—Cadet Andrew Morris
CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Cooking Club
Ms. Robbin Dodson and her Cooking Club cadets continue to learn new and delicious dishes, and appear to have a lot of fun in the process! This week they prepared quiche.
Apparently, real men bake quiche.
CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Interact Club
Pinwheel Garden for Child Abuse Prevention Month
Cadets in the Interact Club worked with faculty advisor CSM Catherine Garcia to place dozens and dozens of bright, shiny pinwheels alongside US Route 15 at the front of the campus to call attention to April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
The pinwheel—that happy and whimsical symbol of childhood—has been adopted by Prevent Child Abuse America, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, and other organizations as a national symbol in the effort to prevent child abuse. The colorful pinwheel gardens planted this month around the nation help call attention to the cause.
In recent years, our cadets have taken part in this effort by planting a large and attention-grabbing pinwheel garden along this area's busiest highway, US Route 15, where it passes in front of our campus. We hope drivers and pedestrians alike will enjoy the beautiful display and will have their attention directed to the important effort to aid children by the Prevent Child Abuse Virginia organization.