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November is typically thought of as a month dedicated to giving thanks, but NCS students took that a step further and made November a month of giving back.
After a beautiful Praise and Thanksgiving service together, all NCS families K-12 shared a meal together. As usual with Thanksgiving, there were lots of leftovers. The National Honor Society arranged to have “to go” boxes ready, and students and staff immediately set about packing up the leftovers into individual meals. Coach McPherson then drove some of our high school students through the streets of downtown Nashville, looking to give those meals away to the homeless. We estimate that over 400 lives were touched by smiles, hot food, biblical messages and sweet tea that day.
The Nashville Christian Service Club also encouraged everyone to give back by organizing a schoolwide can drive in November. Elementary students lined the halls with their food donations, middle school students held a house competition to see which house could bring in the most donations, and high school students stacked up some of their cans in the shape of a Christmas tree. When it was all said and done, we took 2,695 pounds of food to The Ark in Pegram, TN where it will be distributed to those in need. This was the largest private donation they have ever received!
Service is a staple at Nashville Christian School and a great catalyst for equipping our students to become global leaders! Go Eagles!
The Praise and Thanksgiving service was once again a special time for the Nashville Christian family to worship and share a meal together.
After a short morning of classes, students, parents, staff and friends dropped off their delicious dishes and gathered in the gym for a special program. The first graders were dressed in their newly-designed handprint turkey shirts for their reading of Psalm 100. We also enjoyed performances by the NCS Entertainers and the Middle School Chorus.
Our special speaker this year was a new Nashville Christian parent, Dennis Ferrier. Mr. Ferrier is a reporter with Nashville’s Fox 17 and has won multiple prestigious awards for his investigative work. He told us the story of Black Hawk pilot, Michael Durant, and his hero, Gary Gordon. Gary Gordon knew from the age of 10 that he wanted to be a military hero and set out to research how to do it. Mr. Ferrier encouraged everyone, even the very youngest Eagles, to make their own mission statement and to ask for guidance and help from the Lord as we set about serving Him.
After some final words and a prayer, everyone headed for the tables full of Thanksgiving favorites – turkey, ham, dressing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, and so much more. Following the feast, the leftovers were packed up by a group of students and staff and taken to the homeless. It was a wonderful day of reflecting, expressing thanks and serving others. Here are some photos from the day:
This November, Nashville Christian students, faculty and staff celebrated a season of Thanksgiving all month long. There were many creative lessons in the classroom. First graders designed turkeys, posters, and books and shared what they are thankful for with their classmates. Kindergarten dressed up their turkeys in disguises, and fourth graders practiced persuasive writing by imagining they were turkeys who had to convince someone not to eat them for Thanksgiving.
On the last day of school before the Thanksgiving break, the Nashville Christian School family got together for the traditional Praise and Thanksgiving Feast. Each student brought a delicious dish to share and our tables were overflowing with everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving treats.
For our special program, the middle school chorus and the high school Entertainers performed and Mrs. Overbay’s first grade class recited Psalm 100. Our special guest speaker, Charlie Neese, spoke about how God designed us to be thankful even in the moments when our lives aren’t perfect, and reminded us to voice our gratitude to the people we are thankful for.
After everyone had their fill at the feast, the leftovers were boxed up to take to the homeless. Several students and faculty helped pack up the food and take it to those in need in the community. Senior Danna Griffin helped lead the charge.
“This was the third year I have helped organize the meals for the homeless after the thanksgiving feast. After helping clean up my freshman year and seeing just how much food went to waste, I knew we could do something meaningful with all the food. It was amazing to see all of the teachers and staff step up and help complete the task. I couldn’t have been more thankful for such supportive role models and serving adults in our school. This year we were able to give away 400 meals, more than we’ve ever had before. We went through Nashville West and downtown, stopping on the way to give people food and pray with them. It felt so amazing to be able to give someone a nice thanksgiving meal when they were holding up a cardboard signing that said, “Homeless veteran, hungry, anything helps.” Just to see the gratitude in their eyes and know that you made their day is a feeling that you can’t describe. This year we were also able to give food away at the Nashville Mission where many homeless go to get help. These trips are always so memorable, and I hope the tradition continues even after I graduate.”
Thanks to everyone who served this season. We have so much to be thankful for here at Nashville Christian School!
Every year, the Nashville Christian family has a special Praise and Thanksgiving Feast on the last day of school before Thanksgiving break. Each family brings a dish to share, and after a special service, we enjoy a meal together. The first graders shared Psalm 100, and the Entertainers sang for everyone's enjoyment. This year’s special speaker was middle school teacher Josh Barnett. Mr. Barnett shared about his recent experience with a tumor that was affecting his vision. He had many difficulties along the way and spent several weeks in the hospital and at home recovering, but he shared how thankful he was for the Nashville Christian community. He even read from some of the handmade cards he received from students that encouraged him in the Lord as he healed.
After the feast, about 40 students and their families took the leftover food and boxed it up into individual meals to take to the homeless in downtown Nashville. The volunteers took the meals to areas near the Nashville Library, Nissan Stadium, under the Jefferson Street Bridge, and right here in Bellevue. Our student, staff and family volunteers handed out the food and offered prayer and bible study information. Everyone they encountered was very appreciative of the food and care.
We have so much to be grateful for here at Nashville Christian School, but we are especially thankful for the servant hearts of our students, facutly and families as they take the mission of our school "to demonstrate the love of Christ" out into the communitiy.