NorthPointe Christian Schools Students Raise $20,732 for Charity | Community Spirit
NorthPointe Christian Schools’ 3rd consecutive HeartPrize raised $20,732 for local and international nonprofits and charities. HeartPrize originated in 2014 as a way to challenge NorthPointe Christian Schools’ students to consider God’s heart for the world and how they might think beyond themselves. In the contest, students choose a nonprofit they believe to be making a difference in the world and promote their cause to the student body and beyond using technology and videos as their primary platform.
Students from 2nd grade through 12th grade participated in this optional fundraising project.
"HeartPrize is an exciting time at NorthPointe Christian Schools when we are able to rally together as a school body to raise money for causes greater than ourselves.” said Spiritual Life Director Scott Huckaby. “I love that students really own this initiative and get excited about giving. It’s inspiring to see the passion students demonstrate for supporting those in need. It is truly ‘greater to give than receive’ and our students are seeing this firsthand!”
One trio of 6th grade girls took the challenge a step further this year and raised money to support a ministry they created- Joyful Ministries - to serve homeless people in Grand Rapids. The three girls, Annalise Witcher, Madi Hammond, and Leah Vogel pieced together home-sewn cloth bags filled with a Bible, candy, granola bars, toothbrushes, and other goodies, and hand them out to homeless people in the city. After raising over $1,000 for their nonprofit, the girls have plans to bless many more homeless. “It was really cool to have so many people supporting us in what we're doing,” said 6th grader Madi Hammond.
Other local charities benefiting from HeartPrize include Alpha Women’s Center, Bethany Christian Services, and Christian Learning Center, among others. International causes benefiting include an Ethiopian school, a Haitian orphanage, and a medical mission family in Togo, West Africa.
2nd-5th grade students participated in “Elementary HeartPrize Club” after school. “It was such a blessing to watch the elementary students work through the process of identifying a problem, researching the details of the problem, and identifying ways that they could make a difference,” remarked Lisa Genzink, Elementary HeartPrize Coordinator and NorthPointe Christian Preschool Teacher. “It was amazing to see the passion and excitement they felt; each student was able to communicate his or her passion to effectively deliver a message to their classmates.”
“HeartPrize is one of the many ways NorthPointe Christian Schools lives out our mission of equipping students to impact the world for Jesus Christ,” said Todd Tolsma, NorthPointe Christian Schools Head of Schools. “Students do not have to wait until they graduate to make a difference; their ability to impact the community and world begins now.”
-----NorthPointe Christian Schools exists to partner with parents in equipping students preschool through high school to impact their world for Jesus Christ. For more information visit www.npchristian.org.