This year we have 46 MA students heading out to Manchester, KY to serve the community. Add in the staff, parents, a group from Highland Academy and one student from Spring Valley Academy and we will have over 80 ready to make a difference in Manchester! We will be staying in a local community center with 4 showers and nothing to lay down on but the floor in which we walk on. However, that is all part of the mission experience! Students and adults will be well fed as we have a top notch chef from Georgia making some gourmet meals. Volunteers will be building an addition on to a house, building a playground, gutting and renovating another and hanging drywall in another home, among other things. Each team of about 15 participants, will have two days to complete their tasks and give the homes/schoolyard a fresh makeover. We will end the trip with Sabbath, and after the hard work, a day of rest and worship will be a welcome relief.
After noticing the amount of trash lining Larkin Springs road as they travel to and from school, the Junior Class knew they had a choice… Complain or Act. So, they strapped on orange vests. Armed with trash grabbers and bags, they took on the neighborhood. Devoted Servants. That was their choice. That is the Madison Advantage.
We are excited about our Spring Break Mission Trip this year! We have looked at a number of locations and feel led to go to Puerto Rico to assist in repairs and the continued recovery from last year’s hurricane. We will be doing repair work at a local Adventist school and at numerous homes in the community. We will be working out of a town called Las Piedras which is southeast of San Juan. We will be staying at a local Adventist church and have hired a couple of the church members to cook authentic Puerto Rico cuisine while we are there. The dates will be February 27-March 8, 2019. We can take up to 40 participants on this trip, so first come first served sign-ups. The cost will be $1100. $100 down payment will reserve your spot on the list (please make checks out to Madison Academy). Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, no passport is required. If you have any questions, please reach out to me.
Thanks to a gift from donors last year we were able to purchase and wrap two 12-passenger vans. These vans have taken our students all over… from drama outings to sports tournaments, from volunteering at the 403 Center to field trips to the Chamber of Commerce. These vans have been well used and truly loved. Private support is what makes it possible for us to not only transport our students around Middle TN, but also promote our school at the same time. If you want to help support any projects, contact our Director of Development, Taleah Valles-Peters.
Twenty-two Madison Academy students gave up their spring break to travel half way across the country to Houston in order to serve strangers. Although Hurricane Harvey hit six months ago, there are still people displaced and front lawns are still littered with flood damaged debris waiting to be hauled away. The needs are overwhelming in the 4 th largest city in the U.S., with one of the largest homeless populations in the country.
Our team volunteered at shelters, food banks, dementia treatment centers, meal delivery services, soup kitchens, and many other places. The goal for the trip was to get out of our comfort zones, and that we did! Whether it was doing laundry for a homeless lady, delivering lunch to an at-risk preschooler or teaching a teenager to do a two-high at the government funded housing project, comfort zones were busted!
The trip also included a stop at SWAU where our students were able to worship on a college campus and get a feel for college life. A quick visit to the Alamo, a Spurs game and a boat ride at the Riverwalk in San Antonio rounded out our trip.
More than 30 students and faculty gathered in the gazebo yesterday from 10 AM to 10:17 AM to remember the 17 students killed in Parkland High School. They prayed for the families of the teenagers who lost their lives and for the high school students and staff who are still coping and recovering from the tragedy. Our students prayed for a hedge of protection around Madison Academy and that God would keep the forces of evil that would do harm, away from our campus. They thanked God for a cohesive, inclusive school community, and asked, and then prayed for their peers. Thank you Parker Luellen and Kendra Miller for initiating, organizing and leading this prayer vigil. You are Inspired Seekers, Empowered Scholars, and Devoted Servants.