We Stand for Good: CVCS Students Learning to Serve and Love like Jesus

CVCS elementary school held its fourth annual meal packing event on Thursday, December 19 with Kids Around the World (KATW). These meals are shipped all over the world to groups serving in ongoing efforts to impact the food insecurity crisis. This partnership between CVCS and KATW specifically ensures that children in these areas have access to the most nutritious food possible, allowing them to grow and thrive just like the students participating in this event.

“What I love about this event is that the kids get to give back to other kids. They are challenged to think of the needs of others across the world. It also is such a fun event that brings our school community together,” said CVCS Parent Volunteer, Megan Miller.

Over 160 CVCS elementary students worked together to pack 15,000 meals, and have packed about 75,000 meals over the past four years.

Marnie Day, the elementary school principal said, “The timing of this project is perfect. As the world focuses on materialism, our students are able to focus on the real reason we celebrate Christmas, which is the birth of Jesus. Jesus loves and cares for us, and this project gives our students an opportunity to do that for students across the world.”

This event is one of several that CVCS students of all ages have been involved in this semester—one of the many tangible ways that our school community is demonstrating our annual theme of “Standing for Good.” Some other memorable ways that our students have served in our community this year include:

  • CVCS high school students filling one of our school vans to the brim with canned goods donated throughout the month of December. These non-perishables went out to families in need served through the Saddleback Rancho Capistrano food pantry.
  • CVCS junior high collected more than 700 pairs of socks to donate to those in need during the cold winter season.  Residents of the Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles were the recipients of these much-needed gifts.
  • Change for Change, when elementary students collected change for three weeks with the motivation of buying honey bees for impoverished families in Kenya and Iraq. This year, we were able to collect $1,000 in change which allowed us to purchase beehives and training for 50 families! These 50 families will be able to eat the honey and will be trained on how to harvest and sell the honey and beeswax to assist in providing a stable income for their families.

We are so proud of the character of our students’ willingness to serve others and stand for the same compassion, love, and humility that Jesus did. We are so thankful for these opportunities to love our neighbors here in Orange County and across the globe, and we look ahead with excitement to continue this good work in the new year.