Trinity Lutheran celebrates education through service

Trin1-CMYKThe Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod operates more than 2,000 schools across the country.
Trinity Lutheran School in Waconia is proud to be part of this educational system. Each year, students and faculty celebrate the privilege of award-winning academics within a Christian worldview during National Lutheran School Week (NLSW), held this year from Jan. 26-31.
Recent school cancellations may have shortened NLSW celebrations, but it didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of the students and teachers. The week kicked off with a Waffle Brunch, featuring Dad’s Belgian Waffles, that served over 500 people and included nearly 60 volunteers to raise financial support for Lutheran education. In addition, more than 100 parents joined their children for lunch one day and many students participated in 3-on-3 basketball tournament or chess/checkers match.
The week quickly took an outward emphasis as students, volunteers, and faculty focused on the needs of the homeless and hurting of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Each student was asked to “earn” $5 by giving something up or doing chores around the house. This money was used to purchase supplies needed for service learning projects throughout the week.
An all-school chapel service featured a video from an organization that regularly helps people who live on the street. This gave students a visual image of who they were helping when they knit 40 hats, made over 100 scarves, and stuffed over 100 athletic socks with toiletries to be distributed to the homeless.
There was genuine joy among the students as they made 2,150 sandwiches for The Sandwich Project, a ministry that delivers sandwiches to the homeless in area shelters.
The emotional and financial needs of the shut-in and sick were also addressed during NLSW as the children made colorful “breakfast bags” and stuffed them with healthy treats for those staying at the Ronald McDonald house. Placemats with cheerful pictures and encouraging notes were also made to brighten the day of individuals who receive Meals on Wheels.
Children also made change with change by collecting pennies and other coins for Pennies for Patients to help patients with blood cancers.
Trinity Lutheran School not only celebrated Lutheran education, but also celebrated the privilege of serving one another with love and making an impact on the local community.