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First-graders Mission Project Brings Them Together With Seniors

Gaston Gazette

Good Samaritans come in all shapes, sizes and even ages. Once a month, Southlake Christian Academy first-graders are greeted by smiles as they pay a visit to residents at Wexford House in Denver.

The visits to Wexford House are part of the school's local mission outreach.

"We read about missions work and people in need far away, but we know there is a lot of outreach that we can help with right here in our community," said first-grade Carolyn Mouton, teacher's assistant.

Students bring residents homemade gifts and donate items to the Wexford general store, according to Wexford House Activities Director Teresa Owenby. The first-graders will play bingo, sing, and some of the students even 'adopt' a resident and will send them photos or small notes through the mail.

"A child's smile brings happiness to our seniors and reminds them of their youth and of raising children themselves," said Owenby .

Mouton said the intergenerational partnership is mutually beneficial.

"The youth and seniors are just open and you can tell they really enjoy one another's company," she said. "The kids are so full of joy and energy that it's contagious."

With more than 900 students in grades kindergarten through twelfth, Mouton said, Southlake Christian Academy's outreach includes other area organizations such as East Lincoln Christian Ministry Closet, several area nursing homes, Samaritan's Feet, a non-profit humanitarian aid organization, and the Charlotte Rescue Mission.

"We feel it's important to reach out and help those locally and globally who need it because we are blessed and there are a lot of people who want to give back to their community."

"...We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." II Corinthians 10:5

"The Mission of SouthLake Christian Academy is twofold. The first is to assist the Christian family by providing an education marked by a biblical worldview, academic excellence and affordability so that students are equipped to be salt and light for God's glory. The second is evangelical in scope, to present God's Word and biblical worldview daily to non-believers with the promise of God's redemptive plan, to be a force and voice for Jesus Christ that will resonate throughout non-believing families."