At Gethsemane Lutheran School in Tempe students in kindergarten take a day to clean up a park. Learning about the environment and how to help their community.
Manna bags filled with granola bars, water bottles, socks and other needed items are the second-grade’s class project.
Gethsemane families keep the bags in their vehicles, handing them out to the homeless they see on their regular commutes throughout the Valley.
In third-grade kids look forward to the chores for charity project. That money then goes toward a different charity each year. For example, students have used it to buy non-perishable food and stocked the shelves at Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank.
The school has many other class- and school-wide service projects.