Our goal is to ignite a sense of purpose inside every SCA student.
We equip them with solid academics and Christian education in a compassionate environment. We offer excellent extracurricular opportunities to cultivate their special talents. Then, we put feet to their faith by facilitating acts of service.
From the smallest preschooler to our seniors, every class plans and executes service projects each year. Musicians perform at area nursing homes and student council maintains a city street. They raise support for unwed mothers, rake leaves for homebound citizens, and redecorate rooms for abused women.
Seniors raise their own funds to travel to another culture putting everything they’ve learned into action. They have run vacation Bible schools, built facilities, and worked in orphanages in Mexico; served abused/neglected Navajo children in Arizona; worked in a poverty-stricken community in Kentucky; and served in Ontario, Canada, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Many wonderful organizations have been touched by the SCA family: Hope House, Habitat for Humanity, Cancer Action Society, Alexandras House, St. Joseph Hospital, Harvesters, John Knox Village, and Lees Summit Parks & Recreation, Arts Council, Police & Fire Departments, and Social Services, to name a few.
Some recent examples of students serving others:
SCA students collected $1,237 in loose change to make a difference half way across the globe in Uganda. Joan Nanfuka Hartzler, a senior at SCA, shared with elementary students about her journey from Uganda to Lee's Summit. She told them about her life in Uganda and the incredible series of events that brought her to SCA after eight years in an orphanage. Hartzler's mother, who had no family and no source of income, placed Joan in an orphanage because she was unable to care for her. Now Hartzler is going back to Uganda with hopes of building a house and a garden for her birth mother.
The halls were silent at SCA as the entire student body went out in the Lee's Summit community and surrounding areas serving. Things were bustling at 12 not-for-profits in the area as junior and senior high students, teachers, coaches, staff and parents served together in the community for an entire day painting, picking up trash and clearing fence line. It was all part of the school's 9th annual Service Day dedicated to all-day projects helping local charities, nonprofits, and people in need. Tasks ranged from planting flowers and clearing debris to sorting food at Harvesters. SCA students spread out across the city to work at such organizations as Boys and Girls Clubs of Eastern Jackson County, Crosslines, Birchwood Baptist Church, Hope Faith Ministries, Salvation Army Youth Camp, Hope House, Bridge of Hope, Beaumont Baptist Church, St. Peter's UMC Preschool, Harvesters, and the Community Services League. In the school's preschool and elementary programs, classes executed their own service projects throughout the week. Projects ranged from cleaning local parks to heading out to Valley View Residential Center and John Knox Village to spend time with residents. The younger students worked with parents and grandparents to make cuddle pillows for nursing home patients.
Two SCA fifth grade students collected over 250 items for patients at Children's Mercy Hospital. Talyn Hughes and Jaci Gage were inspired while reading Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret as part of the SCA Foundations and Frameworks curriculum. Hughes and Gage presented their idea of collecting new toys to their teacher, Mrs. Michelle Bacon, who received approval from the administration.
Sixth grade students collected items for a unit in Afghanistan.
Third grade students raised $873.10 to bless families in other countries with sports equipment and animals that help families earn an income with wool, milk and/or food products through Samaritan's Purse.
Three SCA students and a teacher donated 49 inches of hair through Pantene Beautiful & Locks of Love.
SCA set a school record for the Thanksgiving Food Drive collecting 4,862 items for the Kansas City Dream Center.
A total of 85 coats were collected by families for the Joplin tornado victims during the Geometry classes "Hypotenuse" Coat Drive.
Three SCA students showed up unannounced to serve a local woman battling lung cancer by clearing a large area of weeds and planting mums.
Thank You to the Lee's Summit Community for donating 4 trucks and trailers full of supplies for the town of Joplin, Missouri! SCA Board Member and GracePointe Pastor Fel Bagunu and Coach Jake Kates led the effort with 30 people gathering to pray and make the trip to deliver supplies and offer help on May 25. Watch a video clip about the Joplin relief effort.