Royal House Serve-a-thon
Our Royal House Serve-a-thon, while only coming up on its second annual event, is one met with great anticipation. This young tradition allows our Upper School students, in House groups, to dedicate half the school day in service to others. Our first year allowed for activities like writing thank you letters to military and public service personnel, filling bags with necessities and making blankets for the needy, helping our grammar teachers with classroom preparations, and praying for the entire school community.
This year, our students will be partnering with Beachmont Christian Ministries, adjacent to our campus. In preparation for Beachmont's spring and summer camps and events, our Upper School House groups will take on tasks like weeding, washing windows and doors, grounds cleaning, moving cinder blocks and chopped wood, raking, cleaning pool furniture, tidying up the hiking trail and cleaning up the pavilion area.
Through this tradition and many other opportunities throughout the year - as part of the curricula and at volunteer events - our students are engaging God's world!
Supporting Hope International through Rice for the World Day
How often do we as Christians watch the world news and, when confronted by overwhelming spiritual and physical need, yearn for a practical way to help those who suffer? In their study of World Geography each year, Redeemer seventh graders investigate the wonders of God’s perfect creation, but also face the difficulties created by sinful men living in a fallen world. Our hope is for these young people to experience the same desire as you and I – the desire to help others.
In an attempt to connect with those in need, each year, the 7th graders choose a developing nation entrepreneur to microfinance through Hope International. When microfinancing, a donor gives a small loan to an individual interested in starting a cottage industry. The individual repays the loan while the donor tracks the progress of the business and the repayment process. As a class, we choose the country, industry, and individual with whom we will partner and check weekly on the progress being made.
Then each year, the 7th graders host “Rice for the World Day” where all students and faculty can help the cause by choosing to donate to our project the money with which they would normally buy their Chick Filet lunch. The 7th graders serve a choice of white or brown rice as a substitute. One bowl of rice is often the only meal many poverty stricken children have to sustain them daily. This is a great reminder to all of us.
As the loan or loans are repaid, we lend the money afresh to a new entrepreneur. Last year, in one day alone, we were able to assist 7 entrepreneurs in 4 different countries.
First Fruits Farm
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat…. I tell you the truth whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:35, 40).
As part of their geography curriculum, the seventh graders traveled to First Fruits Farm, a Christian ministry dedicated to providing hungry people with nutritious, fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. Working together, our students helped harvest nearly 19,000 potatoes to be shared amongst local hot meal programs, food banks, and shelters in the Baltimore/Washington region.