We're all about servant leadership.
One of our goals at FCS is to teach our students what it means to serve. Across all three campuses, we plan service projects throughout the year. And, as an organization, we participate in Operation Christmas Child. At the high school level, Christian service hours are required for each student. Every leader must learn to be a servant, just as Christ served us.
Sponsored by the Rotary Club, the Interact Club is built around service. Throughout the year, this group provides diversified services within the community. Among the projects participated in are numerous fund raisers, visiting the elderly, collecting clothes for those in need, and making bagged lunches for the homeless.
Our mission, as a Christian organization, is to try to touch as many lives as possible. Working with the Presbyterian Home is a great opportunity to help those with disabilities and spread the love of Christ.
Each Wednesday, we go to the Presbyterian Home and build relationships with residents. We also try to provide a dinner for them once a month to serve the staff that run the home.
From our teachers and parents:
“When you get there, you forget all your worries and cares and really focus on helping them.”
“I go every week, and I really enjoy it. It’s one of those things you just look forward to. ”
“I get a little sugar every time I go … I just love them. They want your attention as soon as you get there.”
“No matter what mood they’re in before you get there, they’re always really happy when you do get there.”
The rake-a-thon is an incredible opportunity for the middle school students to put into practice their faith. Students, along with teachers and parents, take an entire school day to go out into the community and serve people by simply raking their leaves. Many times the families that are reached have physical limitations that make it difficult for them to do this task. Other times it is simply a random act of kindness. The students benefit by being able to see first-hand how simple acts can make a large impact in another’s life. It also gives them the opportunity to learn to work together as a team.
International Club is meant to bring international students together as a support base for one another and to raise awareness among families and the student body. The club gives a sense of belonging to its members.
The International Fair is an annual event sponsored by this club to foster understanding of other nations and their way of life. Select countries are represented through music, food, dance, costumes, trivia, and student presentations.
Operation Christmas Child
Each year, we serve with the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child project. School families and students are encouraged to pack gift shoe boxes with small toys and hygiene items. These are shipped overseas and distributed to needy children in poverty-stricken countries around the world. An average of 1,250 boxes are collected from FCS.
For the last ten years, a group of parents, teachers, and students have spent a day-and-a-half in Charlotte, NC helping to process thousands of these boxes so they can be shipped overseas.
These boxes bring not only joy and excitement to the children, but they also give the Christian organizations in these countries the opportunity for an outreach event in their communities where they can share the gospel.
“The purpose of Samaritan’s Purse is to collect gifts from around the country and be able to ship them to children overseas who live in poverty who have never had a real Christmas gift before. What we do is go down and help them with the sorting process … We just do whatever they need done and have a good time serving the Lord!”
– FCS high school student.