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A Thank You to Our Volunteers

05.14.19 | Campus News

A Thank You to Our Volunteers

    We want to recognize the work our volunteers do for our school. They deserve much more recognition then they get as they work behind the scenes and we want to say "Thank you."

    Throughout the school year, parents, grandparents, former parents, alumni, and friends walk through our doors to volunteer their time to WCGS. From its start to today, our volunteers ensure that our teachers and staff are supported to help our school run smoothly and provide wonderful experiences for our students. They have been, and continue to be, an invaluable part of our community.

    In 1941, local parents and community members gathered to address “the urgent need of distinctively Christian instruction in the plastic young lives of early school age,” and made the decision to form Wheaton Christian Grammar School. These people volunteered an immense amount of time, money, and work for the children in their community. Mothers acted as admissions recruiters, maintained the playground, and sold items to cover school expenses. A father helped supervise the first building phase of the old school on 530 Harrison Street in Wheaton. Board members did construction on homes to help the school add additional students. Parents donated school and playground equipment, held regular prayer meetings, and formed the Auxiliary which began organizing more school involvement opportunities for parents. All these people laid a foundation for our school that has helped us become the school we are today. If you would like to read more about our school’s history, you can go to our website at www.wheatonchristian.org/about/our-heritage

    In addition to those who have served in the past, those who serve now continue to provide opportunities for WCGS students that otherwise would not happen. Nearly 25 volunteers work three times a week to set-up, serve, tear down, and clean up so that our students can have hot lunch – a near impossible task for our faculty and staff to do. Others volunteer in classrooms to listen to memory verses, drive and chaperone for field trips, plan class parties, prepare class materials, and help with activities. Parents pop and distribute popcorn once a month to our students, they make meals for families who are in need of extra support, lift up our school community and country in prayer on a regular basis, organize special events like Grandparents’ Day, the Fall Family Fun Fair, Daddy/Daughter Night, the 7th and 8th Grade Gala, and the Children’s Christmas Sale, as well as hosting numerous fundraising opportunities for the school. As you can see, there would be many special aspects of our school that would be lost without our volunteers’ generosity to our school and community.

    "We are immensely blessed by the volunteers who walk in and out of our building each day. We truly would not be the school that we are today without the incredible support of these people. Their service to our students, faculty, and staff allow us to maximize our impact on student growth and achievement. We thank the Lord for our volunteers; they are the best!”

    -Marc Painter, Principal

    When parents volunteer, not only do they get to help the school and its community, but they also get the chance to be a part of their child’s education. They interact with their student’s classmates, teachers, and administration and participate in class activities to help students grow. One mom shares about her experience of serving at WCGS:

    “Serving in various capacities has truly been a gift to me! Being in the school has allowed for new friendships with parents and faculty across the grades and has also given me the opportunity to get to know many students in the school. I love walking through the halls and being greeted by many familiar, smiling faces! I am also grateful for the chance to get my own “glimpse” into the school day. The atmosphere is so positive, so energetic, and just so special to be a part of.”

    All of us at WCGS are thankful for our volunteers who so freely give of their time to serve our school and community. We love to see the students interacting with them as they walk throughout our building and learn in the classrooms. They are examples to our students of how to serve others for the Kingdom of God.

    There aren’t enough words to say thank you to everyone who has given so much to our school. To anyone who has volunteered at our school, we say “Thank you.”

    If you or someone you know would like to volunteer at WCGS, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We’d love to get you plugged in.