The Crescenta Valley Adventist School Work-A-Thon held Sept. 8 involved the school’s entire population of 84 kindergarten through eighth grade students who took part in a day of campus projects.
The work-a-thon is a fundraiser that encourages students to collect donations from friends and family for school improvements. Students in grades three and four undertook an ambitious project of rebuilding the school’s initials – CVAS – on a hill at the entrance to the campus. The job included removing the old rocks and re-grading the hill. While the children were re-grading, the younger kindergarten, first and second graders washed all the rocks with buckets of water and brushes. It didn’t take long for the rocks to dry in the 90 degree temperatures.
The rocks were laid out on a tarp and then painted white so they could be easily seen.
The fifth and sixth graders tackled their annual vegetable garden of snap peas, radishes, lettuce, beets and carrots. They had to weed, level the ground, enrich and turn over the soil. The final result was a beautiful garden in an area that was previously unutilized.
One eighth grade student built a cinder block drainage channel while the rest of the junior high students cleared the campus of large rocks.
The work done by the CVAS students symbolizes the dedication and persistence that these students show throughout the year. Not only do they excel academically but continually grow in their faith in Christ, their respect for the environment and their commitment to their community.
The students at CVAS have demonstrated a desire to help rebuild in the wake of the Station Fire, so the next school project will be an off-site effort in cooperation with Glendale Parks to help plant and water the Experimental Forest in the Verdugo hills.
As a reward for their hard work, the students enjoyed a day of fun at Zuma Beach.
Contributed by Geri Sofias