October 1, 2013

MASON, OH – Eight local organizations will benefit this Friday, October 4, as students at Mars Hill Academy in Mason set aside the school-day routine to get out and serve the greater Cincinnati community.

"One hundred and sixty-five students in grades 4-12 will go off campus Friday to serve, and the rest will stay behind to perform service work here at Mars Hill,” said Roger Wismer, MHA Headmaster. “Serving one another sacrificially is ingrained in our school’s culture, so we look forward to this special day where we take that love of service out into the community.”

Mars Hill boys in grades ten through twelve will paint and perform home repairs in Hamilton to assist the Butler County SELF (Supports to Encourage Low-Income Families) program. MHA boys in grades six through nine will serve at the Salvation Army’s Camp Swoneky in Oregonia clearing brush to create more usable space.

Mars Hill girls in grades six through eight will assist teachers at the Lebanon and South Lebanon Early Learning Centers. They will clean and sanitize toys, as well as read and interact with the children.

Mars Hill fourth and fifth graders will head to Matthew 25 Ministries in Blue Ash to assemble personal care kits for disaster relief efforts. Third graders will stay at Mars Hill to serve Master Provisions ministry by collecting, sorting and boxing gently used shoes for mission trips overseas. They will also create pictures with blessings in Spanish for the children served by the Master Provisions mission team in Honduras.

Mars Hill second grade students will be visited by a service dog from the Circle Tail Partners with Paws for People With Disabilities organization based out of Pleasant Plain. They will collect pop can tops, and sort newspapers to donate to the group. The students will experience a hands-on demonstration of what it is like to navigate the school environment in a wheelchair, given by a parent of a Mars Hill student who has cerebral palsy.

Grammar School students, with help from the ninth through twelfth grade girls, will make blessing boxes, tissue paper flowers, and Bible verse booklets for shut-ins through the Adopt-A-Friend ministry based out of Miamisburg.

Photo: Mars Hill Academy eighth grader Drew Hicks helps clear brush at Camp Swoneky