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Students pay it forward with Others Day

Students from Woodlee's Christian Academy in Covington recently participated in the school's annual Others Day. For a day, they went into various areas of the community to volunteer their services.

Students from Woodlee's Christian Academy in Covington recently participated in the school's annual Others Day. For a day, they went into various areas of the community to volunteer their services.

Students in grades K3 through 11th grades from Woodlee's Christian Academy in Covington recently went out into the community for Others Day for a multitude of community service volunteer activities.

Students took a day out of regular school activities to go and serve in the community. Students served by cleaning a local widow's yard, volunteering at a women's shelter in Conyers, making goodie bags for cancer patients, cleaning forgotten church cemeteries, providing lunch for the Porterdale Police Department and other community service activities.

"The amazing thing about this event is that the work is in the hands of the students," Bobby Fleck, principal of Woodlee's, said. "Their little hands make such a huge difference in the lives of the community. They give back selflessly while paying it forward to their community."

Woodlee's has been hosting the Others Day serve-a-thon for the past seven years and has impacted many volunteer and community service programs. Some schools have a walk-a-thon or a jump-a-thon, but the school has chosen to have a serve-a-thon and allow the students to bless and impact others.

Families and students address letters and send invitations to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and businesses seeking sponsorship for the students as they go into the community to do service for others.

"Others Day is an opportunity for our students to raise money for the school by helping others," Fleck said. "Woodlee's is a non-profit school, so gifts for Others Day are completely tax-deductible.

Students collect donations from sponsors, then provide a service to a local organization or individual in need."

Woodlee's Christian Academy is a private Christian school that stands strong for family values. The education of students at Woodlee's is taken seriously.

"The variety of volunteer and community service opportunities on Others Day teaches the students to get involved no matter what God has called them to do in life," Fleck said. "It is essential to help others, be kind, and bless all those whom you come into contact."