“Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This Martin Luther King Day, SBS students joined together to serve those in need. Just as Martin Luther King Jr. made a great impact on our country, our students sought to make an impact on the local community and beyond.
Kindergarten students spent part of their school day partnering with Family Legacy to provide underwear and socks for orphans living in Zambia. Family Legacy exists to transform families and individuals by engaging them with God's heart for the orphans of Zambia.
First graders visited Living Water International. Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water.
First grade teacher Judy Susong stated, "There were four rooms for our children to visit." She went on to say, "The first one depicted what life was like in the villages with only dirty water to collect far from their homes. The second room was to show what Living Water did when they visited the villages to drill a well for clean water. The third room was to show how life drastically changed for the children and people in the villages after they could get clean water from their well. The fourth room challenged the children with what they could do to help get wells built in the villages--serve, give and pray."
Second and sixth grade students teamed up to support the after-school program of Agape Development Ministries. Kirk and Amanda Craig, both graduates of the Class of 1996 and SBS parents, began Agape Development Ministries in Houston’s Third Ward to bring hope and transformation to an inner-city neighborhood.
Third and eighth grade students collaborated to benefit the residents of the Star of Hope Women and Families Shelter. Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse.
Third grade teacher Whitney Arroyo stated, “Watching our students serve others with joyful hearts is a favorite part of my job. Third graders were eager to bring items to give to those living at Star of Hope, and they loved being able to put it all together with the ‘big kids’ (eighth graders). Their smiles said it all!”
Fourth and seventh grade students worked together to benefit My Life Speaks. In 2012, My Life Speaks launched in the village of Neply, Haiti, with the desire to bring hope and help to children with special needs who were cast out from their families.
to view photos from lower and middle school MLK Service Day.