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At Pleasant Valley Christian Academy, a K-9 school located in Vernon BC, we believe it is the role of the school to encourage a healthy perspective on service, starting right in our very own community.

Ellen White writes in her book Education that “true education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is…It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.”

With this ideal in mind, PVCA lives out its mission “to educate students to love God, to love learning, and to serve humanity,” taking every opportunity possible to share the love of Jesus with the surrounding community.



We have a truly wonderful group of students in our little school, and it has been a great joy to see all of our children get involved in the many service projects we have taken part in over the course of the year.

We have had several highlights for this year’s community service projects.  

At the beginning of each school year, we take part in the annual ADRA Food Bank Drive. Students and teachers also participate in our semi-annual cleanup of a local high-traffic road.

Additionally, all of our students visit a nearby retirement centre several times over the course of the year. Each time, the children make cards and sing worship songs for the residents. As well, every other year, our Grades 8 & 9 students go on an international mission trip to help those in need in other areas of the world.



There is something truly special about the process of teaching children to serve others.

Seeing the character transformation that can take place when children set their minds to making other people’s lives a little better is one of the most rewarding elements of being a Christian educator.

That being said, between standardized test scores, students’ needs, provincial expectations, report cards, and a whole myriad of other responsibilities, something as simple as service to others can easily be overlooked. After all, it takes time and sometimes even money to get a service project going. However, where Christian education is concerned there is nothing more important than teaching our students to look beyond themselves into the world around them.  

The teachers at PVCA model their instruction on Jesus, whose ministry on Earth centred on the various physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those around Him. It is our hope that, by doing our part in our own community, we will help in some small way to spread the message of God’s unfailing love to those we have served.

It is our prayer that all the students we have the honour of working with at PVCA will take these important skills into their adult lives, sharing the Good News with others wherever they may go.

Melanie Kartik, Principal, PVCA

 

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