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Projects cap spiritual week
Ripon Christian students serving community
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Ripon Christian students last year assisted with the packing of care packages for soldiers. - photo by Photo Contributed

Ripon Christian Schools is ending the annual Spiritual Emphasis Week with Service Project Day on Friday for over 600 students from kindergarten through high school seniors.

The theme for the week is “Seeking Higher Ground” based on the Biblical Psalm 119:10-11.

The students are attending morning chapels all week long with their service assignments coming at the end of this week.

Kindergarten children will write and deliver thank you cards to the Ripon Police Department.

First graders are putting together goodie bags and cards for the caregivers at Bethany Home care facility.

Second graders are making and delivering cards to the two-story Bethany Town Square Apartments’ residents on the north side of Main Street.

Third graders are writing letters to missionaries.

Fourth grade students are writing letters to soldiers to put in the fifth graders’ care packages.

Fifth grade students are packing over 100 care packages for service members in Afghanistan. The packing is taking place in the Almond Valley Christian Reformed Church social hall on South Wilma Avenue.

The Middle School grades 6-8 will be going out into the community to perform community service projects.  They are servicing the needs of Almond Valley Church, Beth Haven Assisted Care, Bethany Manor Town Square Apartments, Escalon Animal Shelter, Hope Chest in Manteca, Immanuel Church, Emeritus Senior Living in Manteca; Priceless Treasures, Modesto; Ripona Elementary School, Ripon Interfaith, Ripon Christian Middle School and high school and Calvary Reformed Church, Ripon.

The high school students are going out all day to serve various organizations throughout Ripon, Modesto, Manteca, Lathrop and Tracy.  They are being assigned to making meals, organizing clothes at the mission and other thrift stores, painting, garden, cleaning, landscaping, feeding the homeless in the Stockton and Modesto Rescue Missions.

The places they will be going to help include the Children’s Crisis Center, Cornerstone Country Preschool, Church of the Cross, Crossroads Grace Community Church, Gospel Center Rescue Mission, Hope Haven-West, Hope Ministries — Raymus House, Interfaith Ministries, Love Inc., Manteca Christian Preschool, Modesto Gospel Mission, Nile Gardens, Parent Resource Center, Park View Elementary, Stockton Shelter, Sierra Salem, Second Harvest Food Bank, Ripon Grace Church, Tracy Interfaith Ministries, Howard Training Center and Valley CAPS.