Throughout the academic year, Heritage Academy students participate in community service projects. Service projects provide a fun and interactive way for students to practice Christian principles and acquire individual empathy for others. Heritage service projects typically involve active, hands-on learning and participation. Students are taught how to give back to their community.
During the academic year, Heritage students participate in service projects. Recent projects have included:
Veterans Day – Heritage students learn the value of patriotism and the value of freedom each Veterans Day. Veterans are welcomed to campus and are treated like esteemed guests. In preparation, students make appreciation cards and provide a musical performance. A special guest speaker often highlights the day. All grades participate.
Salvation Army Christmas Stockings – The Salvation Army provides Christmas stockings stuffed with toys and other items to needy children each Christmas. All grades contribute stuffed stockings to this annual effort.
God’s Pit Crew – God’s Pit Crew is a charity based crisis response team in Danville, Virginia. Students help raise funding for the charity and help provide ‘Blessing buckets,’ buckets filled with food and other basic sanitary items. The buckets are used to provide immediate relief to those affected by the disaster. All grades participate.
Northern Pittsylvania County Food Bank – All grades participate in an annual food drive to help mitigate poor nutrition in Pittsylvania County.
Nursing Home Visits – 1st and 2nd-grade students sing at local nursing homes as a way to interact with the elderly. Chatham Residential Care and Oak Grove Residential Care are the focus of this community effort. These groups also sing for a local senior citizens group.
Operation Christmas Child – Heritage student supports the annual effort of Samaritan’s Purse with its Christmas Shoebox effort. Students build shoeboxes filled with toys, toiletries, and other goodies for underprivileged children around the world. This is an international relief effort where kids can help kids. All grades participate.