photo (1)For the last three weeks, our fourth and fifth graders have been meeting from 9 am to 1 pm each Wednesday to participate in a variety of community-based serve days. We’ve just completed our last summer serve day this week, and what a blast it’s been!

The first week, we focused on baking and delivering cookies to several foster families in the community. We also listened to a devotion from our Director of Children’s Ministries, Jill Harris, and then learned from Big House Foundation Program Director Susannah Steele about the many ways Big House supports and benefits local foster families.

The second week, we began our morning with a devotion from Beth Cofield, Lee-Scott site Children’s Director, and then joined forces with Pat Baker’s small group and visited residents at Arbor Springs! Our students helped this women’s small group pass out baked goods and coffee to the residents, then sang hymns and performed a short drama for the residents based on the “Parable of the Sower” from the book of Matthew.

For our final summer serve day, we visited the Food Bank of East Alabama and one of Auburn/Opelika’s community gardens. At the food bank, we took a short tour of the building and listened to Executive Director Martha Henk explain the mission and purpose of this local food bank. Then, we spent time sorting bread to be distributed to local organizations. Before lunch, we met up with Cornerstone volunteer, Camp Hand, who taught us the importance of participating in local community gardens.

To celebrate the end of our summer serve days, Elementary Children’s Coordinator Aimee Northrup planned a special treat with popsicles from the Overall Company in Opelika. It was a sweet way to end the summer serve days! To see more photos from our serve days, go here.

Keri Spurlin
Cornerstone Kids Creative Arts Director