Harford County's newest private school hasn't even opened, but members of its first senior class recently labored together in a kitchen on a hot summer evening.
Why? The answer can be found in mission statement of the school that each of these rising seniors has chosen to enter this fall: "…inspiring (students) to lead and serve others, for the glory of God."
Oak Grove Classical Christian School, which is opening its doors for the first time to 100 students in grades pre-K through 12 on Sept. 6, has become the school of choice for seven seniors who are uniquely gifted, but who share a heart to serve others, according to representatives of the school.
The students participated in all aspects of a project to feed residents at the homeless shelter in Harford County last week, from planning and purchasing, to prepping and serving.
One of the students, Alisha Benedetta, had this to say about the project: "I found the experience very inspiring. I know we went there to minister to the homeless, but God definitely ministered to my heart through the experience as well. He took care of everything we needed to pull it off, from providing the funds necessary to buy everything, even down to the fact that our menu ended up fitting perfectly with certain dietary restrictions of some of the residents."
"It also touched my heart to sit down and eat with the residents in the shelter," Alisha continued. "We got to connect with them on a personal level by talking with them and sharing in the meal by their side. It humbled me and reminded me that even the people who end up in hard situations, like being in a homeless shelter, are just as much God's children as people dealt a more fortunate hand. God provides for all of us, and we can all fellowship together in His presence."
According to school officials, the students' heart for service has led to plans for other service projects throughout the school year, including a trip to a Ronald McDonald House, service projects for the elderly and leading younger students in filling boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
"With their hearts overflowing for service, these students will surely be leaders in their communities," school representative and Oak Grove Classical Administrative Director Jackie Hutcheson wrote in an e-mail.
The school will hold an open house Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m.
To learn more about Oak Grove Classical Christian School, which will be at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2106 Churchville Road, near Campus Hills, visit http://www.OakGroveClassical.org or call 443-617-2126.