The Cougars Care elective class began several years ago, as an elementary service-oriented Bible class. 5th and 6th-grade students can choose to sign up for this class that meets on Tuesdays during 8th period. Cougars Care strives to teach students to serve God in our local community as well as communities abroad. One of the student's favorite components of the class is serving within our school as kindergarten book buddies twice a month.
The Buddy System
Students are paired with a kindergarten book buddy that they meet with every other week. The 5th and 6th graders typically gather in the kindergarten classroom to read a book to their buddy. They may incorporate a seasonal craft, have a snack, and play on the playground.
The older students model kindness and interest in the younger students. “It is very touching to witness a friendship between an older and younger student,” said Cougars Care teacher, Angela Eeles. “They take the time out of their day to love on these little ones and show them the love of Christ. They are a light and a mentor to our kindergartners.”
“It is such a blessing for our kindergarten students to have such wonderful role models! It is always ‘their favorite part of the day’ and one of the highlights of kindergarten!” adds kindergarten teacher Doreen Buben.
Operation Christmas Child
This month, the book buddies are focusing on serving children around the world with Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.
Since 1993, more than 178 million children in more than 150 countries have received an Operation Christmas Child shoebox. These boxes are filled with small toys, craft supplies, hygiene items, and other gifts along with handwritten notes.
Our kindergarten and Cougar Care students met yesterday to watch a video together about the ministry. They prayed together as a group for the children that will receive their boxes. They’ll go shopping and will bring in their shoebox items on November 2nd and 4th and pack their individual boxes on November 9th. “This is one of the biggest highlights we do with our Book Buddies. It is a wonderful ministry that we love doing together every year and it serves a great purpose,” added Buben.
"Giving Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes is one way the students can serve around the world. This project brings joy to so many people, and we are thankful and blessed to be a part of it,“ adds Eeles.
Up For The Challenge
7th-grade Cornerstone Cares students are participating in Operation Christmas Child again! They are challenging all middle school students to participate and collect at least 91 boxes! Boxes will be delivered to school November 15-19 and we'll have a special chapel on November 19 to pray for the children receiving the boxes, top them off with notes and scriptures, and pack them in the truck for delivery. How can your family get involved in this project that gives hope to children around the world? We would welcome your donations! Please send in shoebox items by Tuesday, November 9th. National Collection Week is November 15-22, 2021. For more information about Operation Christmas Child and for a description of what kind of items can be donated, please click here!