Students from Cascade Christian Academy in Wenatchee, Wash., divided and set out to conquer a number of projects on Friday, Oct. 23, that the Wenatchee Valley Make a Difference Day committee sent out in their annual flyer. It was “all hands on deck” when CCA’s staff and volunteer parents and church members set out to their various locations.
In keeping with tradition, CCA’s high school students landed at Camp Zanika on Lake Wenatchee to help this particular Camp Fire USA site prepare for the winter. Grades seven through eight students joined the Volunteer Chore Services by doing yard work for low-income, disabled adults and seniors, while the sixth-grade students tackled a large mound of fresh bark to be spread around playground equipment at the local Pioneer Park.
A group of sixth-grade girls, with the help of some retirees from the Wenatchee Church, sewed Christmas stockings for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to give to foster children in the Wenatchee Valley. Several church members donated the festive fabric and trim for the students to use.
The fourth- and fifth-grade class used a couple of their art classes to decorate laundry baskets for Serve Wenatchee, a local community service organization, to fill and give to needy families at Thanksgiving. Kindergarten through fifth-grade classes made their way to nearby nursing homes and assisted living facilities to brighten the day of the residents.
“See a need, do a good deed” was the slogan for this year's Make a Difference Day — a perfect parallel to what the Bible teaches in Heb. 13:16: “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” As an Adventist school, Cascade Christian Academy is committed to teaching its students about the blessing of helping others and the responsibility of being citizens of the world.