It took over a week to bring in all the bags. Students, teachers and parents at Central Academy at Lake Park all brought in supplies, totaling over a thousand pounds of food in 60 bags. The food drive was part of a yearlong project for the Christian school, where administrators went into this semester with a theme of “Love: Give it, Get it, Be it.” Throughout the year, Academy students studied what the Bible said about love during retreats, chapel services and in small group sessions. After school leaders found out about a need in the community, they saw an opportunity to put the lesson plan into action.
“We had done some work with Common Cupboard in the past,” Central Academy Development Director Shari Tuz said. “Our assistant headmaster learned they had some needs and we went to work.”
Indian Trail nonprofit Common Cupboard helps an estimated 1,000 people each week, delivering food and other needed supplies to people in need.
Tuz said the Academy’s senior class worked to collect not just the 60 bags of food but also baby supplies from Lake Park homes.
“We invite non-profit organizations to contact us if they have needs that our students can help with in the near future,” Central Academy’s Assistant Head Mildred Similton said. “Our challenge to our students is to be servant leaders and to be intentional about reaching out to others.”