TULSA — Metro Christian Academy is not only building influential leaders, but they also focus on giving back to their community and keeping close to their faith.
The school offers two missions classes with 51 students.
"It's very much a service-based class," said senior Rylee Carter.
This year, the class is focusing on local missions. The goal is to serve in the school's immediate community newly named Hope Valley.
Carter and other students leave campus to visit with students at Marshall Elementary School and act as mentors to the kids or visit The Courtyards at Ambassador Assisted Living Center and spend some quality time with the seniors there.
Julie Knapp, the teacher of the Missions and Evangelism class, said the kids walk away with a whole new perspective.
"The main thing we focus on is the first and second commandment," explained Knapp. "Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. So, we take it super serious. The more we can get to know our neighbors, the more we'll love them"
"It's honestly my favorite time of the week," said Carter. "It's just going to just spend time with them."
"It makes me feel so happy, it's all sunshine and rainbows," said senior Jaazer Ribgees
"When I see those kids, I'm instantly filled with joy," said senior Bailey Swanson. "It's just so nice to go see them and play with them."
Knapp says the best part of this mission is "when a kid learns to read and a light bulb goes off." She continued, "You just want to scream, because you have the best job in the world. That's how I feel watching with these young kids and with the elderly."
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