Some of the most important and long-lasting learning Walther Christian Academy students get does not come in the classroom. It comes through serving others through various Christian service projects. Throughout the year,Walther Christian Academy students plan and promote food and toy drives for local agencies and raise money through activities such as the CROP Walk and “Pink Day”. Thirty-three youth and adults participated in this year’s walk and together they raised $2,635 for Church World Services. Showing off their finest pink attire, students raised $600 for The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute.
Most recently, a Thanksgiving food drive held at both the Upper and Lower Schools collected more than 2,500 items to donate to families served by the Proviso Food Pantry. While enrolled at Walther, all Upper School students are required to provide 10 to 25 hours of personal community service each year with sophomore year focused on service to their home church.
Walther students also want to help those outside our borders. During Homecoming week, upper school students and faculty members helped to feed starving children around the world. Using Thrivent Action Team funding to fuel up the school’s busses, students traveled from Melrose Park to Feed My Starving Children locations in Aurora and Schaumburg. Nine Spiritual Family groups (similar to homerooms in public schools) together packed 180 boxes of food, enough to feed at least 300 children for an entire year! In addition, students, faculty and staff raised $571.25 through two “jeans days” to donate to this remarkable cause. “It was an amazing experience for us to know that we would be making a difference in the lives of children and helping to spread our Savior’s love to those in orphanages, schools, clinics, and refugee camps across the globe.” said Walther Faculty Member, Cynthia Holliday.