Students Serving One Another in Love

Nearly 800 pairs of new and used shoes filled St. Andrew’s Hall. Classroom bins overflowed with Thanksgiving day fixings. Rhetoric students walked kindergarten and first-graders to their cars each day at dismissal. These are just a few ways MHA students served one another and the community this school year.

“Their service often goes unseen as they humbly serve our school. It is a blessing to see the students step up in so many ways,” said Head of School Mr. Mark Cotterman.

Behind the school’s service projects is the Rhetoric School Highlander Council made up of students in grades 9-12 who have a heart for ministry. With coaching from Mr. Cotterman and Rhetoric teacher Mr. Andy Stapleton, the students focused on community engagement and student fellowship.

The committees met once per week during lunch throughout the school year to talk about ideas and plan activities.

“We encourage the students to focus on a few activities each semester and to do them well, rather than trying to do too many projects at once,” Mr. Stapleton said.

The Highlander Council was instrumental in several community service projects, including the Mitten Tree drive to collect winter accessories for local homeless families, a food drive for City Gospel Mission, the shoe drive, and caroling at a local retirement center. Serving within the school is also a priority, and members helped with Grandparents Day, the Back to School social, student orientations, and school work days.

The council also leads the way for fun and fellowship with an aim to foster fellowship within the student body. They spearheaded an Apple Pie party, Thanksgiving feast, Christmas decorating contest, Pi day, Frisbee football event, and helped with the Rhetoric dance.

MHA senior Emma Kirk's faith grew tremendously through her experience as a leader of the MHA Rhetoric Highlander Council’s Fellowship Committee.

“I was definitely stretched and challenged in so many ways. Mr. Stapleton is great at giving ideas, then stepping back to let us figure it out. He’s there to give pointers, but he really wants the students to learn for themselves," she explained.“I loved seeing the body of Christ in our student leaders and how everyone’s gifts came together.”