CMDS Students Visit Perea Preschool, Carpenter Art Garden

Social responsibility drives the mission of Christ Methodist Day School, and several of our students spent time last week putting that mantra into action.
Ten members of the CMDS SHEPHERD Leadership Team – along with a group of parents and teachers – visited the Carpenter Art Garden on March 15.
The actual garden of artwork is located in Memphis’ Binghampton neighborhood and provides neighborhood children and adults a place to craft and create on a formerly blighted lot.
CMDS students served about 40 kids who came to the garden to participate in the activities.
Kathy DeFreece, who leads the SHEPHERD team and the school’s KUDZU program, said the visit to Carpenter Art Garden was an awesome experience.
“Our kids were wonderful at helping with the crafts,” Mrs. DeFreece said. “More importantly, they began building relationships with the kids. Our children left the garden with 40 new friends.”
The following day, Dr. Williams and three sixth graders traveled to Perea Preschool to lead the weekly chapel program there.
Perea Preschool is a ministry of the Church Health Center and serves young students in the Vollintine area of Memphis. Each week its chapel service is led by community volunteers.
Our CMDS students presented Resurrection Eggs to Perea’s 3 and 4 year olds, who were enthralled with the lesson. The eggs, filled with various items such as a donkey, a Cross and a stone, tell the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection; the final egg is empty, symbolizing Jesus’ resurrection.
The sixth graders who participated were blessed by the opportunity to lead these young boys and girls in singing, dancing, and learning about the Easter story.
And while our younger students can’t engage in some of these activities, CMDS encourages our entire school community to serve others in need through various projects throughout the year. Coming up in April, we will receive and deliver donations for Mid-South Food Bank’s Food for Kids BackPack Program, which provides a food-filled backpack for children to take home for the weekend.
Donations can be dropped off April 4-8 at Mrs. Oxner’s desk, Nurse Boeving’s desk or Mrs. Reynolds’ room. Items needed include: Individual packages of peanut butter crackers, cookies, pretzels, snack crackers such as Goldfish or Teddy Grahams, oatmeal, fruit snacks and other snack items.


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