Cedarbrook Students Learn Lessons in Generosity

July 20, 2015 | Greg Reseck

Giving is an important lesson for children to learn, and Adventist schools often provide opportunities to work lessons of generosity into the curriculum. 

Earlier in the school year, students received a challenge to experience “I Like Giving,” a lifestyle of generosity concept presented by author Brad Formsma.

Students at Cedarbrook Adventist Christian School in Port Hadlock learned about student missionary Amanda Rich, who is in her second year teaching kindergarten in Pohnpei.

Cedarbrook students brainstormed what they could send the children there for their classroom that perhaps they would not normally be able to buy in their island setting.

They began to bring crayons, colored pencils, markers, Hot Wheels cars, treats, chocolate (especially for the student missionaries) and other small toys for the children. By the time they were done collecting things, the students had two large bulk-rate boxes to send.

Each student at Cedarbrook also wrote a note to Rich and her students telling about who they are and where they live. Each student also asked a question about what it is like to live on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  

It seemed like it took forever for the packages to arrive, but finally a thank you was posted on Facebook, along with a picture of Rich's students holding some of the items Cedarbrook students had sent, their smiling faces expressing their gratitude for the gifts. Rich also responded to each of the questions asked by Cedarbrook students.

Thanks to the challenge to do something special for someone else, the joy of giving will be long-remembered by Cedarbrook students.