Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Intelligence plus character, this is the goal of true education.”
St. Francis Methodist School (SFMS) believes firmly in character education, evidenced in big bold letters at the entrance to the school: “Guide a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6”.
SFMS believes that an essential part of character education is to show care and concern to our society. To this end, we bring our students to interact with the less fortunate in our society – the elderly or people who are ill. Students are tasked to think of ways they can do their part to make the world a better place for these people.
And the results? This year, SFMS students engaged in social entrepreneurship to raise funds for charity. Over $1,000 was raised by selling various food items, including sushi, muffins, tarts and apple pies, to their fellow students and teachers in the school canteen during break time.
A portion of the funds raised was used to purchase food and gifts for residents of Bethany Methodist Nursing Home (BMNH), which were distributed via a fun “sure-win” Bingo game. The students also surprised and delighted the BMNH residents with a musical concert, belting out old tunes that some residents sang along with. And at the end of day, the remaining $600 from the funds raised was donated to Methodist Welfare Services to help the needy.
We thank God for giving us the opportunity to serve and to share.
Photo courtesy of St. Francis Methodist School
Lim Yu-Jin oversaw the charity food sale and concert by students from St. Francis Methodist School.