Ripon Christian Schools are in the midst of their Spiritual Emphasis Week with separate agendas for the elementary, middle and high school students who are volunteering in the surrounding communities.
The students are scheduled for chapel daily through Thursday. They are participating on off-campus service projects on Friday. Older students twill travel as far as Stockton and Modesto as well as serving their own community of Ripon.
The kindergartners are writing letters to the officers of the Ripon Police Department. They will personally deliver the thank-you letters to the uniformed officers on day shift Friday.
First graders are making thank you cards for the staff members at Bethany Convalescent Home and adding goodie bags to show their appreciation for care given their grandparents.
Second grade students will be walking in single file from the school campus to the nearby Bethany Home with their homemade cards and a gift of song from all the students for the residents living at the facility.
The Modesto Gospel Center children will be getting care packages and cards from the third graders in their visit to that facility on Friday.
The fourth graders have been decorating potted plants that they will be delivering to their neighbors and writing letters to the service men and women stationed overseas.
Additionally, care packages from the fifth graders will be sent to soldiers, sailors and airmen overseas in war-torn regions.
The service projects for the middle schoolers include a visit to Almond Valley Christian Reformed Church where students will be cleaning nursery toys and organizing the Children and Worship Stories. Oher students will report to Bethany Home to offer their services.
Calvary Church is also the focus of a project in two different areas. Bethany Manor Apartments on Second Street in Ripon and Beth Haven Assisted Care facility are both receiving help from the students.
The Ripon Christian Schools campus has six volunteers helping Friday. They are Mikaela Vander Molen, Lydia Fisher, Natasha Smith, Ally Cormier, Sarah Brown and Elizabeth Thomas.
Ripon Interfaith Ministries and Immanuel Christian Reformed Church are also scheduled to receive help from the middle schoolers as is Priceless Treasures and Ripona Elementary School.
At Park View School in Ripon students will be working with a third grade class.
The Manteca Animal Shelter will see students helping around the facility and walking the dogs being kept in their cages in an outside grassy area behind a brick enclosed area. Signing up early for that duty were Camdan Indelicato, Danton Indelicato and JasonVander Weide.
The high school students are scheduled to travel to place such as Valley CAPS in Manteca, Stockton Shelter for the Homeless, Salvation Army, Manteca Christian Preschool, Gospel Rescue Center in Modesto, Hope Haven West, Park View Elementary School, Childrens Crisis Center, Parent Resource Center and Tracy Interfaith Ministries.