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Arkansas Baptist students put in 6,700 hours at 15 charities
Arkansas Baptist students put in 6,700 hours at 15 charities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Baptist High School students and teachers will roll up their sleeves and fan out over Little Rock (March 14-18) to volunteer 6,700 hours at 15 area charities, organizations and on local projects as part of the school’s annual Missions Week activities.

This is the sixth year that ABHS students will forgo their normal class work for a week to put compassion into action by cooking and serving meals to the homeless, reading to and playing with underprivileged children, organizing a local clothes closet, painting the facilities of local charities, spending time with disabled and chronically ill children, working on construction projects, raking yards and cleaning flower beds for the elderly, playing games and doing crafts with nursing home patients, as well as other projects.

“Part of growing knowledge, wisdom and understanding includes letting our students experience the joy that comes from giving, helping and sharing with others,” said Arthur Bennett, principal.  “Our students and teachers look forward to this week every year.  Giving back to our community is foundational at Arkansas Baptist.”

Students are organizing into 10 to 20 person teams, which will focus on one charity, organization or group of projects the entire week.  Starting at 9:00 a.m., each day this week, Arkansas Baptist students and teachers will be working at the following charities and organizations:

Arkansas Food Bank, 8121 Distribution Drive; Little Rock Compassion Center, 3618 West Roosevelt; Arkansas Food Bank Network, 8121 Distribution Drive; St. Francis House, 2701 South Elm; Watershed Human and Community Development Agency, 3201 Confederate Blvd.; Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 800 Marshall Ave;  Dorcas House, 823 South Park;  Arkansas Rice Depot, 3801 West 65th Street;  The First Tee , 1 First Tee Way; Habitat for Humanity, 2657 Pike Avenue North Little Rock; Hearts and Hooves, 2308 Kellogg Acres Road; Our House, 302 East Roosevelt; Easter Seals, 3920 Woodland Heights Rd.; Renewal Ranch, Conway, and Union Rescue Mission, 2921 Confederate Blvd.

Arkansas Baptist School System is entering its 30th year as one of central Arkansas’ premier college preparatory schools.  Arkansas Baptist is housed on two west Little Rock campuses, offering K3 through 12th grade.  The system is one of the largest private school systems in central Arkansas with close to 800 students. In addition to producing National Merit Finalists, Arkansas Baptist is home to state championship sports teams and award-winning fine arts programs.

For more information about the Arkansas Baptist visit www.ArkansasBaptistSchoolSystem.com or call (501) 227-7077.