An annual food drive doubles as an opportunity to teach generosity of spirit at Faith Christian Academy. For a second year, the entire school gathered donations together to send to Community Table …
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Faith Christian Academy
FCA is a private Christian school, featuring a K to eighth-grade campus and a high school campus. The main school office is located at 12189 W. 64th Avenue in Arvada. More information is available by calling 303-424-7310, or www.fca-schools.org.
The organization, formerly called the Arvada Community Food Bank, provides food assistance to portions of Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Westminster. To volunteer or donate with Community Table, located at 8555 W. 57th Ave. in Arvada, call 303-424-6685 or go to the website Cotable.org.
An annual food drive doubles as an opportunity to teach generosity of spirit at Faith Christian Academy.
For a second year, the entire school gathered donations together to send to Community Table (formerly the Arvada Food Bank). The food was piled up, by grade, along the front of the stage of the private school's auditorium as the students gathered for a chapel assembly Jan. 23. The subject of the assembly was hunger, specifically how the Bible addresses hunger and how Christians should respond to the problem.
The drive raised 3,199 pounds of nonperishable food.
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me," the verse from Matthew 25:40 flashed up on the auditorium screen as Caleb McGee, the Bible teacher for seventh and eighth grade students, discussed that verse and those that followed. McGee told the students that feeding the hungry, offering water to the thirsty, as well as clothing and aid to those in distress were all ways of honoring God.
In another portion of the assembly, third grade teacher Kate Rase told the student body, "When we have a lot, we're called to serve others and share."
She demonstrated the concept by giving several students plain soggy rice, and one student a full Chick-fil-A breakfast. Unsurprisingly, the soggy rice crowd was not a happy bunch.
Sally Lewis, the Dean of Students at the academy, said the student body is excited to participate in events like the food drive.
"They just love to give, and they're just looking for opportunities," she said, gesturing to the piles of donated food.
Acts of community outreach and charity aren't new for the school. Lewis said different grades participate in different ways. The seventh graders for instance, helped deliver the food gathered by the food drive, and toured the facilities at Community Table to learn more about community hunger. She said the school's eight grade girls volunteer with the regional nonprofit Hope House — which provides support for teen mothers to earn an education and financial stability.
Another group of students make blankets, and hand them out in person to homeless individuals each year.
"It's about educating them, as well as giving them an opportunity to be generous," said Lewis.
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