News from CAK
At Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK), community service in the name of Jesus is infused into the heart of our curriculum. Students learn how small acts lead to bigger acts, eventually leading to a 40-hour Capstone project their Senior year.
One project that really brings that full circle is our Water Walk for H2O for Life, an organization that works with rural schools in developing countries to bring clean water and resources to enable children to continue their education and stay healthy. Our 6th graders took this on as their project this year, and researched the global water crisis to make informative videos and inspirational posters. In math class, they worked to demonstrate certain statistics concerning the water crisis. They planned and carried out two elementary school chapels.
On May 9, 2019, we held a Water Walk on the CAK Track to bring this message home as well as to fundraise for H2O for Life. Our 6th graders facilitated activities for the elementary school students. We had three stations:
- Art: Students decorated bookmarks that will be given to the children at Nasaruni Academy as gifts this summer.
- Walking: Students walked the track carrying water jugs, trying to make it 100 meters. In countries like Kenya, children sometimes walk about 60 times that amount to get to water!
- Games: The 6th graders facilitated two games including a sponge relay and an obstacle course.
Students also raised funds for H2O for Life by purchasing t-shirts to wear during the Water Walk and by doing chores to earn their own money to give back. CAK teachers tied this into their Bible lessons about giving back to others in need.
But it doesn't end there. Last year, CAK's Melissa Davenport began a mission trip to Kenya, and a second group will return this year. These high school students are interested in careers in the medical field, and will visit Tenwek Hospital to shadow doctors, observe surgeries, go out to rural medical clinics, and visit schools. Our mission team will visit Nasaruni Academy and bring the bookmarks our elementary kids created at the Water Walk and help dedicate the water projects that CAK is helping to provide through this fundraiser.
Good job, Warriors! You are helping to change the world!
Over spring break, a team of nine Christian Academy of Knoxville high school students, three teachers, and one parent are going to Chiquimula, Guatemala for a mission trip. As part of the student's training, they are doing "Saturday Serve" days, where they give back to the local community.
"This is such a meaningful experience," says trip sponsor Ms. Rogers. "I actually did this Guatemala trip as my Capstone project when I was a senior here at CAK. I hope it will inspire our students for a lifetime of giving back."
In addition to "Saturday Serve," Team Guatemala has attended bi-weekly lunch trainings as well as a Spanish church service. They will also complete a team-building ropes course before they leave.
During the trip to Guatemala, our CAK students will be going to unreached, remote villages to share the Gospel and deliver food. They will do VBS (Vacation Bible School) for local schools, and will teach English at the school that the local pastors run. Additionally, they will do many projects such as helping refinish furniture and painting a basketball court for the local children.
In Chiquimula, the pastor's family is the Cordero family, and Kevin Cordero is a CAK alum class of 2018. He graduated as our first international student last year!
Thank you to Ms. Rogers for organizing this trip. If you would like to find out more about the mission trips offered to CAK students, visit our missions page.
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