The SALT Serveathon is an expression of what we value highly at Geneva: developing Christian character through service and philanthropy. SALT—Serving and Learning Together—provides the opportunity for students to learn about needs in the community and also to be Christ’s hands and feet towards meeting those needs. Each year, the school suspends its normal school day and students serve the community instead. Geneva’s SALT Serveathon mobilizes nearly 700 students, teachers, and parent volunteers who donate approximately 3,500 service hours to the community at over a dozen non-profit organizations throughout Central Florida.
During the SALT Serveathon, each grade is assigned its own project for the day where they are able to learn about an area of need in the community and experience how serving others really can make a difference in the world. Examples of past service opportunities include: sorting and stocking shelves at local food pantries, cleaning up local parks, planting gardens with autistic children, making seniors smile at retirement homes, packing over 10,000 meals for hungry children around the world, taking mentally handicapped adults on a bowling outing, and making teddy bears for emergency first-responders to take to children who have been in an accident. It’s a day of hard work and heart change, blessing others, and being blessed.
SALT is also an important philanthropic effort and encourages a culture of giving. Instead of selling wrapping paper or walking a 5K to raise money, we ask students to seek pledges. Prior to SALT day, they reach out to family, friends, and neighbors to ask for pledges for their day of service. Donations generate critical funds for the school’s tuition assistance program fulfilling another Geneva value: to make Christian classical education available to families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. SALT traditionally raises over $100,000.
Here is where we served for SALT Serveathon 2017
K4: Making teddy bears for distribution through a local fire department
Kindergarten: The Mayflower Retirement Community
1st Grade: Military care packages
2nd Grade: Hurricane blessing bags
3rd Grade: Feeding Children Everywhere
4th Grade: Orlando Children’s Church
5th Grade: Bethany Christian Services
6th Grade: Second Harvest Food Bank
7th Grade: Rafiki Foundation
8th Grade: Green-Up Orlando
9th Grade: Meals-On-Wheels – exterior house beautification project
10th Grade: The Academy of Ability
11th Grade: The Arbor School of Central Florida
12th Grade: The Russell Home