Students in grades K-12 participate in a variety of grade level and school-wide outreach endeavors throughout each year. Under the guidance of the administration and faculty, students demonstrate our underlying Christian beliefs by reaching out and serving others in the community. Serving others is a biblical principle that is an essential component of our educational program. As such, graduating seniors are required to complete community service hours in order to be eligible for graduation. This is a long-standing Northwood Academy tradition. Seniors choose from a host of non-profit organizations in our local area. Following the completion of the service hours a summative essay is required to discuss their experience. In addition to the outreach programs at their school, Northwood Academy students, through their own initiative, frequently serve at their churches, and participate in annual mission trips.
Thanksgiving Turkey Outreach
Spreading God's love at Thanksgiving is always a Northwood Academy tradition. All students work hard to bring in food the week before Thanksgiving. Food is put into boxes and turkeys are purchased to give to needy families within the Charleston area. Students can also join with delivery teams and physically go to the streets to share a Thanksgiving Day meal along with the message of Christ. Our Lower and Upper schools, along with Northwood Church, deliver meals to over 1500 families in our community each year.
Operation Christmas Child
Annually, our school takes part in Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse. In the month of November, our students prepare shoeboxes full of goodies and wrap them in wonderful Christmas paper. All the shoeboxes are brought in to our school during a special chapel. Students take time to pray over the shoeboxes that they will land in just the right child's hands. Our Junior Beta Club delivers the boxes to the local drop-site where they are sent to a national collection center, and from there, they are shipped off to other countries where children will receive them in time for Christmas. Annually, Northwood Academy collects an average of 725 shoeboxes for distribution.
Raising money to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world is a mission of the Lower School students particularly during the month of March. All year, the students learn about missionaries and missions projects that are impacting the world for Jesus, but in March through Missions Madness, the students focus on bringing in as much money as they can for missions. Teachers are good sports about playing crazy games if the students bring in certain amounts of money. Through the healthy competition students realize the joy of giving out of their “surplus” to bless others in need. Many Lower School students have grown up to become missionaries and pastors and can clearly remember the impact that the Lower School missions emphasis had on their lives.