Lakeview Christian Academy Students Serve the Community

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: September 26, 2019 09:13 AM

Lakeview Christian Academy students participated in a community service day Wednesday across the Northland to give back to their community.


Serving the community is an important lesson that Lakeview Christian Academy instills in their students and it's something they take pride in doing.

The community service day is organized every year for Lakeview Christian Academy middle schoolers and high schoolers. It’s required for them to do community service.

Students were sent to several nonprofits and businesses throughout Duluth to volunteer. The places included Edgewood Vista Assisted Living, Union Gospel Mission, Masonic Children's Clinic, and more.

"We’re visiting with residents just trying to be active in the community and be a light in the community,” said Caleb Franzen, a student at Lakeview Christian Academy.

Students were sent to the Chris Jenson Health and Rehabilitation Center to spend time with residents. It’s a favorite spot they've been serving for years.

“A lot of times it brightens up residents and students get invigorated by brightening someone’s day,” said Kyle Peterson, a Lakeview Christian Academy teacher.

Students enjoyed having positive interactions with the residents and participated in a variety of activities with them, like painting nails, making jewelry and playing cards.

“These people (residents) they all got their own stories, they once were out in the community doing things themselves. They were active members of the community so it’s good to be able to come and see and hear their stories and learn from them,” said Franzen.

The community service day gets kids out of their comfort zone and shows them the bigger picture.

“It really does cement that there are people that need a lot of help and we try to do our part to do that. We’re very fortunate to get out and help,” said Elizabeth Hoven, a Lakeview Christian Academy student.

New Hope for Families, a foster care nonprofit, had students all over the building doing numerous tasks like sorting out donations, painting, patching holes, and doing some deep cleaning.

“When you’re living to serve, you end up living a good life. I think it’s wonderful that they’re exposed to giving their energy and time freely. It’s a blessing for me today," said Therese Gruba, the co-founder and president of New Hope for Families.

These experiences are something these students will take with them beyond their education and drives home the purpose of getting involved.

"It gives them a look into the community they live in and it's one way they can learn how they can have an impact,” said Peterson.


Alejandra Palacios

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