More than 1,000 members of the Whitefield Academy community participated in the school’s fifth annual Great Day of Service Aug. 28.

The army of volunteers arrived on campus early, excited and ready to work, and kick-off the event with worship and prayer. After the morning kick-off, more than 30 project teams were sent on their way to rejoin each other at their service sites all around Cobb and Atlanta, where they completed service work ranging from sorting food and organizing shelves at local food pantries, to building hygiene kits, landscaping, garden work, and much more.

Whitefield’s Great Day of Service was started in 2017 by a small group of parents led by Becky Matherne, parent of two Whitefield alumni, along with faculty and school administration.

“Great Day of Service was a powerful testament to the many hearts, hands and feet in the Whitefield community willing to serve in a big way,” Matherne said. “More than 1,200 students, parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty and staff joined together to serve, living out our mission of “others ahead of self.” The Great Day of Service projects were designed to allow families to work together, providing parents the opportunity to model service directly to their children. In addition, virtual at home projects were available to those who chose to volunteer from home.”

Some of the charities and organizations served on the 2021 Great Day of Service include the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Atlanta Community Tool Bank, Atlanta Youth Academy, Blue Skies, Books for Africa and Buckhead Christian Ministries.

“Whitefield Academy is blessed beyond measure,” Head of School Dr. Kevin Bracher said. “Our community is rich in God’s love and our parents and teachers are intentional about ensuring our students understand that blessing and how to bestow it on others. The Great Day of Service was an incredible blessing on us all, just as much as those whom we served.”

Located in Smyrna, Whitefield Academy is a Christ-centered, college preparatory school serving students in PreK4 through 12th grade. Whitefield’s tight-knit, family-focused community is unique, providing students a learning environment with top-notch academics, while facilitating the discovery of student talents and interests. With more than 50 sports teams and an award-winning fine arts program, Whitefield students hone their skills, develop deep relationships with God and others, and enjoy pursuing their passions both in and out of the classroom.

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