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RC students march food to Interfaith

Part of Christian school’s Day 100 of school celebration.

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RC students march food to Interfaith

Ripon Christian first grade students Addison DeJong, Reagan Van Der Hoek and Jared Segaar take their donations in hand for delivery to the Ripon Interfaith Ministries.

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POSTED January 26, 2014 9:00 p.m.

The students of Ripon Christian Schools are celebrating their 100 days of attending classes by giving back to the community with countless donations to those in need from the homeless to the military.

Living out their theme for the 2013-2014 school year – “Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve,”—each class in the younger grades collected 100 items and took them to Ripon Interfaith Ministries Friday afternoon to help volunteers restock their shelves bared by the holidays.

Their walk down Maple Avenue to the West Main Street site started at 1 p.m. Friday.  In the march were students from the kindergarten class to the fifth graders. They carried everything from soap, toothpaste, and shampoo to food items, socks and Mac ‘n Cheese.

“Zero the Hero” made his appearance in a first grade classroom before the walk began to help the children in the class celebrate their Day 100 of attending school.

An all-school service day is planned for next Tuesday, Feb. 7, when the RC students will continue their efforts to give back to the community.

Kindergartners will pen and deliver thank you cards to the Ripon Police Department. First graders will also write and deliver more cards to the Ripon Fire Department.  Second graders are doing the same with their messages going to residents of Bethany Home.

Third grade students are going to hear a missionary speaker and in turn will be writing to stationed missionaries.  A veteran will speak to fourth graders who will then write letters to be added to the servicemen’s gift boxes.  They will also potted flowers that are going to be handed personally to the senior citizens at Bethany Home.

Packing of boxes to be sent to members of the military serving in Afghanistan will be a special project for the fifth grade students.  The packaging of the boxes is set for 1 p.m. on Friday at the Almond Valley Christian Reformed Church social hall. 

The Ripon Christian Middle School students from the sixth through eighth grades will be giving back next Friday with volunteer work at a number of locations that include: Almond Valley Christian Reformed Church, Beth Haven, Bethany Manor, Bethany Manor Townsquare, Escalon Animal Shelter, Hope Chest 3, Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, Emeritus (Merrill Gardens), Priceless Treasures, Ripona Elementary, Ripon Christian Middle School Gym and high school, Ripon Interfaith, First Christian Reformed Church, Parkview Elementary School, Second Harvest Food Bank, Tracy Interfaith Ministries, Modesto Gospel Mission, Modesto Redwood Family Center, Modesto; Garden Acres Community Center, Stockton; Emergency Food Bank, Stockton; and Ripon Grace Church.

The Ripon Christian High School students will use their upcoming Friday visiting various organizations throughout Ripon, Modesto, Manteca, Lathrop and Tracy.  Making meals, organizing clothes at the Mission and other thrift store are their goals along with painting, gardening, cleaning and landscaping.  They will also feed the homeless at the Stockton and Modesto Gospel missions.

Other projects the Ripon Christian Schools’ boys and girls offered the community during the school year included Blessing Bags made by first graders that contained non-perishable food items that students could keep in the family car to give out to homeless people and those out of work.   The fourth graders made Tie Blankets earlier this year for the Modesto Pregnancy Center.

Red Ribbon Week saw student council members organizing a dress-up week where students were allowed to dress up according to the theme and paid $1 to not wear their school uniforms.  The money collected was then donated to the Stockton Gospel Mission to aid in its rehabilitation efforts.

Students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades competed in a “Penny War” featuring a competition of class against class with the monies going to Reformed Mission Services aiding the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Another effort was a week-long food collection drive where home room classes competed with each other to see who could bring in the most food items to be donated to Ripon’s Interfaith Ministries.  In addition Care Packages were put together and sent to American soldiers stationed abroad in harm’s way.

Also the Student Council organized and maintained a K-8 recycling program for plastics, cans and paper.

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