Granville Christian Academy Students Take Break
From Studies and Help Others
Community Service Project Now in Its Seventh Year
More than 200 middle and high school students, faculty
members, and volunteers from Granville Christian Academy took to the streets
and neighborhoods of Licking County on April 26 and performed a variety of service projects as part
iReach, a special community service initiative of the school.
They were spread out between Pataskala and Utica and all
points in between. Benefactors included
the Licking County Family YMCA, Salvation Army, City of Newark, Licking County
Aging program, Heartbeats, the Lookup Center and others. Throughout the morning and afternoon the work
teams spread mulch, polished bronze statuary, cleaned bathrooms and windows,
and took on other assorted tasks benefiting organizations and homeowners throughout
One group of girls at the Lookup Center was assigned to clean up the boy’s restroom. They were having trouble with the task however, because they had never been inside a “boy’s bathroom” and thought the place was gross! When they were finished they had certainly made it better.
A number of GCA parents helped with the project, serving as
drivers, project supervisors and cheerleaders.
Pat Johnson, Granville Christian Academy faculty member and iReach coordinator has a real passion for this project because it exemplifies the heartbeat and mission of GCA. “We are servants at heart and want to help others,” she said. “Through iReach we empower students for life-long service,” Johnson continued. “iReach gives students the opportunity to develop a heart for local volunteerism and to increase compassion and love of their community.”
Granville Christian Academy has been providing a
Christ-centered education for K through 12th grade students since
1997 and has helped nearly 300 students earn high-school diplomas. In its faith-based environment, Granville
Christian offers a college prep academic curriculum, community service
projects, and a seven-sport athletics program.