Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
I Thessalonians 5:11
“We are the Body of Christ” is our theme at Lansing Christian School this year. Each and every day, our students live this out. Seeing our students care for each other with great love is a joy and blessing.
Notes of Encouragement
This week during Praise and Worship (PAWS), 5th grade girls received notes of encouragement and prayer written by the 11th and 12th grade girls. These notes were a follow-up to the 5th grade Puberty & Health unit; the older girls took the opportunity to show those younger than them that they are walking alongside them as they grow and mature.
Juniors and seniors wrote encouraging messages such as:
- “I’m here to tell you that every year gets better and better. You have so many memories ahead of you. You’re beautifully made!”
- “Jesus loves you through your changes. You are made in God’s image.”
- “I’m praying that you’ll remember that God is always with you and your friends and family are here for you too. Remember that we’re all sisters in Christ and we love you unconditionally!”
Directly after receiving these notes, the 5th grade girls were encouraged even more once they returned to class. Their teacher Mrs. Rodriguez shared, “The girls were a little delayed getting back from PAWS, so the boys in my class took it upon themselves to get the needed materials for Reading Workshop delivered to all the girls so it was ready for them when they got back. It was such a kind thing they did, and the girls noticed and felt loved even more.”
Signs of Encouragement
In God’s perfect timing, on the very same day the 5th graders were receiving this encouragement, they themselves were spreading kindness to younger students! The 5th grade had made signs and posted these on the lockers of their younger peers. The school hallways were covered with positive messages, such as:
- The best thing God created is YOU!
- Make Today A Great Day – He Loves You So Much – Jesus Has Already Won For You
- Be strong and let your heart take courage all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
These signs are a part of the 5th grader’s “Sprinkle Kindness Everywhere” project, where they are working to help build community while solidifying and reviewing technology skills. 5th graders have been learning Google Slides in their technology class. They have also been discussing what it means to be the oldest in elementary school, which involves not only being an example to the younger students, but also an encouragement. The 5th graders’ excitement grew as they worked on their Google Slides project. Some students thought back to a Kindergarten buddy from last year, purposely making their encouragement sign for that younger student.
As a class, they hope to put a smile on students’ faces and help them know the 5th grade class is doing their best to be there for their peers and encourage them throughout this year.