“I remember as a child being consumed with ideals of play dates with friends, playing make-believe in my room with a collection of costumes and toys, and thoughts about someday becoming famous.
At Joan Austin Elementary School in Newberg, some children are differing from the thoughts I once had in childhood and are opening their eyes to the needs of their community as 4th and 5th graders. And it’s empowering to witness.
Lora and I, current social work students and interns from George Fox University, spent close to an hour at Joan Austin Elementary with student members of the “K-Kids” club. K-kids is a part of the Key Club International Organization and a part of the Kiwanis. This equips students to start serving their local community at an early age and empowers them that age cannot define the ability or quality of service.
After sharing a bit about the heart of what Love INC does in the Newberg community, the kids were given free space to share their own ideas of how they could get involved. Some ideas being thrown around included a clothes drive, car washes, and even raising funds to create a greenhouse space next to our Clearinghouse for clients coming in with food needs.
The greenhouse would function in partnership with the clearinghouse so clients could pick fresh fruits and veggies while receiving other resources from our clearinghouse at the same time. Their pure willingness and enthusiasm was something to unheard of today. The motivation and drive behind each of these students is something I had underestimated before walking into school that day, and standing before them reinforced a much needed perspective that scripture teaches us in the New Testament.”
1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.