Woodlee's Christian Academy students recently celebrated Others Day by performing community service and volunteer activities.
Students took a day out of regular school activities to go and serve in the community. Students served by cleaning a local widow's yard, volunteering at a women's shelter in Conyers, making goodie bags for cancer patients, cleaning forgotten church cemeteries, providing lunch for the Porterdale Police Department and other community service activities.
"The amazing thing about this event is that the work is in the hands of the students, said School Principal Bobby Fleck in a release. "Their little hands make such a huge difference in the lives of the community. They give back selflessly while paying it forward to their community."
Woodlee has held Others Day observances for seven years.
For information on Woodlee's Christian Academy, Others Day, or how you can help to support this mission, see www.woodlees.com or call (770) 788-2770.
Students took a day out of regular school activities to go and serve in the community. Students served by cleaning a local widow’s yard, volunteering at a women’s shelter in Conyers, making goodie bags for cancer patients, cleaning forgotten church cemeteries, providing lunch for the Porterdale Police Department and other community service activities.
“The amazing thing about this event is that the work is in the hands of the students,” Bobby Fleck, principal of Woodlee’s, said. “Their little hands make such a huge difference in the lives of the community. They give back selflessly while paying it forward to their community.”
Woodlee’s has been hosting the Others Day serve-a-thon for the past seven years and has impacted many volunteer and community service programs. Some schools have a walk-a-thon or a jump-a-thon, but the school has chosen to have a serve-a-thon and allow the students to bless and impact others.
Families and students address letters and send invitations to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and businesses seeking sponsorship for the students as they go into the community to do service for others.
“Others Day is an opportunity for our students to raise money for the school by helping others,” Fleck said. “Woodlee’s is a non-profit school, so gifts for Others Day are completely tax-deductible.
Students collect donations from sponsors, then provide a service to a local organization or individual in need.”
Woodlee’s Christian Academy is a private Christian school that stands strong for family values. The education of students at Woodlee’s is taken seriously.
“The variety of volunteer and community service opportunities on Others Day teaches the students to get involved no matter what God has called them to do in life,” Fleck said. “It is essential to help others, be kind, and bless all those whom you come into contact.”
As I look back over my three years at Woodlee’s Christian Academy, I remember with fondness the many great victories and triumphs of God at this blessed school. I thank God daily for the grace, wisdom, and mercy which He has brought to me with each new day. I am grateful to all of the teachers, staff, board members, students, and parents that I have had the privilege to get to know. I have truly been personally blessed and enriched through these experiences.
While attending an administrative training conference in July 2010, God spoke to me concerning the vision for this current year. WCA is truly to be “a calling-prep school that produces world-changers for Jesus Christ.” I have seen the teachers and staff form a solid, focused force surrounding this vision, and the students and parents have begun to embrace this vision as well. While I feel 100% that this vision is for the school, I was also convicted personally by God through the reception and delivery of this vision.
Calling. God refocused me on this concept as well. My calling over the last three and a half years has been to be a principal and a youth pastor. God has used me incredibly in this capacity. When I think to the future, I have to revisit this thought again: To what and for what is God calling me? To be honest, I have been reawakened and reconvicted of the calling on my life.
God has used me for a season of my life to be principal of a wonderful school, but I feel He is moving me to a new venue and experience; one that will help me fully live into my calling for the rest of my life. It is for these reasons that I would like to inform the parents of Woodlee’s Christian Academy of my resignation as principal. I will finish out the 2010-2011 school year as principal, and I will also help with the transition of the new principal over the summer months. The WCA School Board and teachers have recently been made aware of my resignation as well. I want everyone to realize that I am not quitting, running, or even upset with anything which has occurred at the school. The single motivation that is leading me to this point is this: I feel completely that God is transitioning me to live out the calling that He placed on my life when I was sixteen.
The WCA School Board is working diligently to search for and hire God’s choice for principal for the years to come. I ask that you, the parents, help to make this transition smooth, and I also ask that you cling to and respect the new principal as you have done for me.
I am excited about the future as God moves me to a new phase in my life. I ask for your prayers and thoughts as I step down from principal to enter into the calling of pastor that God has placed on my life. I know that this letter does not mean good bye to our relationships; instead, I hope it means until next time.
With humble respect and may God bless you,
Mr. Bobby Fleck, Principal