What is The Big Serve?
Friday, October 14, 2016, will launch the 5th Annual Geneva Academy Big Serve. The participants will not be sponsored to walk, run, bike or swim but to serve their community. Geneva Academy desires to teach students to become like Jesus, who did not come to be served but to serve others. The entire PreK–12 student body will participate in various community service projects as a part of the annual, school-wide fundraising event.
We are very excited to be partnering this year with the efforts of Monroe Renaissance and Arrow Public Art in the downtown area of Monroe. Beautification projects will include the construction and installation of planter boxes and gardens, as well as general cleanup and maintenance. Revitalization projects will feature building picnic tables for the Community Gardens at the Garrett House. This area serves as a park for the assisted living facility across the street in the Ouachita Grand Plaza. Our younger Geneva students and choir members will have the opportunity to serve two area nursing homes and cheer up the residents with their warm smiles, precious hugs and beautiful voices!
Prior to the big day, students spend weeks in advance sending out letters to family, friends and neighbors requesting sponsorship for their service efforts. As our donors support Geneva, so our students support and serve others. Another way to participate is by praying for this event—that we will be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ in our community and that our work will grow good fruit.
As a classical Christian school, Geneva Academy seeks to come alongside families and churches to assist in training young men and women in the nurture and admonition of the Lord—preparing them for a lifetime of pursuing wisdom and serving neighbors in the love of Christ.
We want to help equip these students with the skills of critical thinking, discernment and obedient love while raising up young people who are distinctive in their language, appearance, attitude and behavior. To accomplish this high calling, we use the classical education model of the Trivium that has trained and shaped students for hundreds of years.
The Big Serve is just one opportunity to teach the importance of being servant leaders. The purpose of Geneva Academy is to equip students with the tools of learning so that they will be able to pursue wisdom and knowledge throughout their lives. Geneva’s headmaster, Ed Lang, explains, “Education is preparation for a life of service to others. Christ did not come to be served, but to serve. That’s the pattern. The Big Serve is a tangible way for the students to embody that.”
Past years have included service projects with the Monroe Parks & Recreation Department, cleanup and maintenance for The Ronald McDonald House and Project 41, historical installations for the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, and visiting our community’s elderly with the gift of music.
Whether or not you have school-aged children or grandchildren, you too can take part in the ongoing support of Geneva Academy and quality, Christ-centered education in your community by sponsoring students with your charitable donations. Geneva Academy is a private school that neither seeks nor accepts Federal or State funding. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, all donations are exempt from federal income tax. The Big Serve will take place on Friday, October 14, 2016 in Monroe. If you would like to learn more about being an individual or corporate sponsor of a Geneva Academy student, please contact Aleta Horton Eley, Director of Development, at (318) 805-1695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.