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Click here for E67 Service Form.

Click here for specific requirements by grade: 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

Dear CAK Parents

Paul asks all of us in Ephesians 6:7 to “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.” Likewise, CAK believes community service should create a meaningful experience of seeing God at work through the student’s service for others. Each CAK student will experience what we call (simply pronounced “E–6-7”) , a four-year program of Biblical studies and community service. This document will summarize what is required for community service for each grade. (A passing grade in community service must be earned at all grade levels to graduate from Christian Academy of Knoxville.)

9th Grade
The students will perform 10 hours of community service on campus, from August to May their freshman year. Service can take place in the elementary, middle and high school campuses, and hours can be earned by attending numerous after-school events like Curriculum Night, Welcome Dinners, Fine Arts, athletic events, etc.  and should listen for periodic announcements of opportunities and check RenWeb for announcements.

10th Grade
Sophomores will have to obtain 10 hours of community service off campus from August to August. Half of these hours will be organized by teachers and parents in a Sophomore Class community service day in March. Before going to the service projects, students will prepare for ministry with their group and pray for those for whom they will be directly ministering. After the group service projects, they will complete evaluation forms of their service experience. Again, this will complete 5 of the 10 hour requirement; students will have to obtain the other 5 hours during the school year or during the summer.

11th Grade
For the junior class, community service will be taught as part of the junior Bible curriculum in Leadership Class. The students will receive teaching and instruction about The Capstone Project, a service project each student will create, plan, and implement between the winters of their Junior and Senior Year. They will be asked to structure their projects to their own spiritual gifts and abilities.

The Capstone Project is similar to an Eagle Scout project in its scope and scale. It is best to use an example to explain. If a student has the gift of compassion and working with underprivileged people, they might want to hold a Knoxville Winter Coat Drive. Here is a quick snapshot of the steps involved in The Capstone Project.

  1. Research and talk with experts in the Knoxville area to gain insight and practical suggestions on how to be successful
  2. Find a mentor or two to assist the student
  3. Write a small research paper and detailed initial plan, get approval
  4. Schedule and implement the plan
  5. Write a concluding paper and give a professional presentation

 12th Grade
Completion of The Capstone Project by January of the senior year is the community service requirement for seniors. They will be expected to give a professional presentation of their project to a review panel during one of the presentation dates offered to them. We hope to have a panel of fellow students, parents, teachers, mentors, community members, etc.

Closing Thoughts
We strongly encourage voluntary service at any time and for any ministry even if that service is outside the school requirements – we certainly embrace this in our Christian walk. We urge all students and families to pursue service opportunities that complement the way the Lord has gifted them. This service should be documented by the student to be included in college applications and not turned into CAK.

We are very pleased with the early presentations and results of  The Capstone Project. The goals are numerous: to give CAK students the opportunity to live what they are learning in the teachings of Christ, to allow them to use their gifts in a profound way, to have a life-changing experience, to prepare them for the real world, to allow them to see Christ in themselves – we see this as a culmination of the educational experience at CAK.

Jesus called us to love and serve others – this is what embodies the servant leader.  As a student progresses from 9th to 10th grade, they will experience service on our campus and then in the greater Knoxville area. The Capstone Project allows them to go deeper into their passion for service in a particular area.

We appreciate your support of the experience at CAK. If you have any questions about 9th or 10th grade community service please contact Mr. Chris Hawkins at chawkins@cakmail.org, and if you have any questions about the Capstone Project, please contact Mr. Jamie Petrik at jpetrik@cakmail.org .

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