Students take part in annual tradition

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

CONYERS -- Thursday was all about thinking of others for hundreds of area students.

As part of Young Americans Christian School's annual Others Day, about 525 students in kindergarten through 12th grade continued a longstanding tradition by setting out Thursday morning to organizations in Conyers, Covington and other surrounding areas ready to help others.

"Our goal is that it gives our students the opportunity to give back to the community and engage with our community, as well as provide the opportunity to take ownership in helping not only our school but also those less fortunate or those in our community who need help," said David Taylor, the school administrator at YACS in Conyers. "It teaches them respect, a sense of community, community pride and interaction with the community."

He said he also hopes it encourages others to see what these students are doing and help others themselves.

"It's a win-win for everybody," he said.

This year, students visited with assisted living residents at Remington House in Conyers and Merryvale Assisted Living in Oxford.

At Merryvale, the students recited Scripture and sang songs for residents. They also worked with residents to create pumpkin centerpieces for their tables.

"The residents absolutely loved it," said Sam Coleman, activity director at Merryvale. "They love seeing children come -- it brightens their day. The kids bring a life and energy when they come."

Some of the older students also visited a couple of elementary schools in Conyers to conduct landscape projects and interact with the younger students.

At Honey Creek Elementary School, eighth-grade students worked on raking and mulching, as well as helped the younger students with reading, math, building board games and other academic projects.

"It was amazing," said Christie Medlock, PTO president at the school. "The kids really enjoyed it. Hopefully, they will be able to use the Young Americans students as role models and see that it's not just about you but about helping others."

YACS students also worked at the Covington Community Food Pantry, the Salvation Army in Covington and Rockdale Emergency Relief. They even cleaned up Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Smyrna Presbyterian Campground and the Lighthouse Village in Conyers.

In April, Woodlee's Christian Academy in Covington plans to hold its annual Others Day event.