Students share message of love through Valentine's Day cards, treats at 7 Alexandria businesses
The students from St. Mary's, Zion and Alexandria Community Christian (formerly New Testament) schools worked together on the project.
ALEXANDRIA — Students from Zion Lutheran School, St. Mary’s Catholic School and Alexandria Community Christian School (formerly New Testament Christian School) handed out hundreds of valentines at seven different locations around Alexandria on Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 14.
The valentines were made by all 557 students that attend the three schools.
According to Jaci Loween from Alexandria Community Christian School, the administration from all three schools started working collaboratively several months ago to be a support for one another and to explore ways their students and families could demonstrate love and unity to the whole community through working together and serving together.
The outcome of the collaborative conversations, said Loween, was the beginning of a student-led servant-leadership group called LASA – Love All. Serve All. The group includes three students from each school, who were nominated for their demonstration of leadership at their respective schools, she said. The students have met once a month since November to plan their first service project – Sharing Love in Our Community.
This project took place on Valentine’s Day and included students from all three schools getting on a bus to be dropped off at the seven different locations – YMCA, Coldwell Banker, Nelson Gables, Grand Arbor, Alomere Health, Douglas County Library and the Alexandria Post Office.
At each location, the students not only passed out the homemade valentine cards, but also served coffee and cookies.
“These students came together to share love with our community,” said Loween, who also noted that the goal is to plan one service project per quarter that the schools can complete together. “What a delight to share Jesus’ love with so many people, through working alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ at Zion and St. Mary’s schools.”