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Students prepare to rake leaves in Highland View Academy’s community.

Highland View Academy Impacts the Community Through Service

Story by Rob Gettys

Highland View Academy (HVA) leaders and students are committed to serving their local com- munity. In years past, they have planned and implemented a “Week of Service” in the spring. This year, they chose to spread the service days throughout the school year to place a more consistent emphasis on serving their community.

Recently, HVA students entered the community to rake leaves, split and stack firewood, pick apples from a family orchard—located on a farm with a medical mission program that serves advanced cancer patients—and participate in many other service-related activities.

More than 100 students and staff worked throughout the day to make the lives of others eas- ier and better. Oleta Emerson, one of the residents in the community, tearfully shares, “These students are a blessing to me and my family. We could never have accomplished the many tasks that they did for us today. I’m crying because they were an answer to our prayers.”

Jesus mingled with others as one desiring their good; He got to know them and their needs, and He helped them. The HVA community believes that this model of service still works today, and they encour- age others to do the same.

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