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UPPER SCHOOL STUDENTS BLESS LOCAL FIRE VICTIMS

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WC administration, students, and parents participate in random act of kindness

In any given school year, WC students have a myriad of learning opportunities outside of the classroom. The calendar is typically peppered with educational trips like the sixth-grade weekend at the U.S. Space Center and the eighth-grade excursion to Washington D.C., community-building trips like the fifth-grade “Over and Out” experience or the Junior-Senior retreat, and service opportunities like Community Impact Day and the senior capstone trip to the Dominican Republic.

COVID-19 has caused most of these incredible experiences to be modified or altogether cancelled. But one thing that is not canceled this year: kindness.

Friday, August 28, was a very bad day for several north Columbus residents. A lightning strike set the Pierpont Apartment complex ablaze on the afternoon of August 28, destroying four units and damaging 12 more. It seems like unexpected, tragic events like this are all too common nowadays and community needs are great, but this didn’t just happen anywhere…it happened right in our own neighborhood. Pierpont Apartments are just one-half mile from WC’s Upper School campus, across Worthington-Galena Road.

WC parent Danielle Moore lives in Worthington, near the Upper School campus and Pierpont apartments. She saw and smelled smoke from the fire and heard first responder sirens that afternoon. Imagining the devastation of the fire victims (especially in light of the hard times that many are facing this year), she felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to do something. She explains, “As a participant in Warrior Prayer, I know that this year we are praying for our community to experience unity. I saw an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus that would also draw our community together in working toward a common goal.”

Moore approached Upper School principal Dr. Buzz Inboden about how WC students may be able to help families affected by this life-altering incident. With the go-ahead from Dr. Buzz, Moore reached out to the apartment complex management to see what the immediate needs were. Ten families were displaced by the fire and in need of many basic items (toiletries, pantry foods, etc.). Communication was sent out to Upper School students and parents on Thursday and by Friday donations started pouring in.

Dr. Buzz and a few students delivered one load of items to the apartment complex on Friday. In his words, “Our [WC] families were so responsive that we ended the drive early. The residents appreciate all the supplies and the management sends its thanks to the WC community.”

One expected outcome of a WC education is that each Warrior function as a responsible, participating citizen of their community and the Kingdom of God long after they move on from WC. A life centered on Jesus and His Kingdom, filled with service to others, is a mindset developed incrementally over time and in various ways. Though this reality of Christian citizenship is, in many ways, woven into a WC education, moments like this are certainly part of that process.

As WC’s Head of School Troy McIntosh explains, “A proper education ought to touch the heart and spur us to action. So our students’ response to this tragedy in our own neighborhood is really a reflection of their ongoing learning and growth as young people confirmed to God’s image.” 

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