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Grace Academy Missions Team works in community

May 21, 2007

The Grace Academy Missions Team, a community outreach arm of the private Christian school, recently released a summary of the team's work over the past few months.

The academy hosted a food drive for the Hagerstown Rescue Mission in February, collecting more than 1,500 canned and boxed food items. The three classes that collected the most food received an ice cream party, with the ice cream donated by Good Humor.

Students volunteered Feb. 19 at the Julia Manor Health Care Center, visiting patients in their rooms and leading bingo games. They gave each resident a long-stemmed red carnation, donated by Smithsburg's Four Seasons Florist.

A group visited the Hagerstown Rescue Mission on March 31, working to clean the building and chapel.

Members of the team held the first Easter Outreach on April 7 for community children. Activities included an egg hunt, puppet show, carnival games and balloon-animal creations. Local businesses donated ice cream, pastries and drinks, and a clown named Sonshine provided entertainment.

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The Missions Team helped out April 14 at Food Resources, bagging food for senior citizens and trimming shrubbery around the front of the building.

The students visited the local Easter Seals office on April 19 and scrubbed it from top to bottom, including the vans parked outside, as well as the facility's craft supply closets, tables, chairs and bathrooms.

For Earth Day on April 21, students planted flowers, weeded and mulched the gardens at Star Community.

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