The students at OSNAS are always looking for ways to serve their community! During Spirit Week (in September) the 11th and 12th Grade Girls Bible Class was introduced to the ministry of Mercy House. This is a locally run ministry that provides services and housing for teenage girls who are homeless; some are pregnant and others have children. The students were encouraged to adopt a ministry to sponsor and it was unanimous that the Girls Bible class wanted to find a way to help Mercy House. With that in mind, the idea of a Walk-a-thon was born. The class walked 3.1 miles on November 17, 2020 and had friends and family sponsor them. The response was overwhelming! Many of the 9th and 10th graders, as well as all of the Juniors and Seniors participated in the event. The young ladies were able to raise 1,700 dollars to send to Mercy House. Their generosity touched the residents and director of the ministry. The day was a success, filled with fun, fellowship and school spirit as the participants experienced what a blessing it is to serve others in Jesus Name!
Back in September, the school held its annual Spiritual Life Day. This year’s theme was “Love your neighbor as yourself” and Mercy House was one of the organizations that presented. After the presentation, the 11th and 12th grade girls Bible class decided that they wanted to help this organization that serves homeless, young women and single mothers.
The class came up with the idea of hosting a Walk-a-thon to raise support for Mercy House. Most of the high school participated, but Melissa Danneil participated in an extraordinary way. Melissa raised over $600 in support for Mercy House. She humbly shared that her mother was instrumental in the fundraising process by connecting her with the office of Gentle Dentle in Wading River. This office as well as of several friends that Melissa asked gave generously to the cause.
When asked about her overall experience, Melissa commented that she learned a lot and that it’s a good thing to be able to raise money for people who are less fortunate.
Melissa wants to be a veterinarian when she finishes school. She explained that she loves animals and wants to “save fluffy lives.” Melissa loves animals and loves her neighbors. In doing this, she gives glory to God and follows our Savior Jesus who has instructed us to love your neighbor as yourself.
–Mrs. Geraci, the 11th/12th grade girls Bible teacher, had this to say: