Highland Students Participate in Mission Trip to Alaska
Highland Academy strives to give its students as many opportunities as possible to be of service to others, and yearly mission trips are a longstanding tradition in achieving that goal. Because of the pandemic and travel restrictions in place, the planned trip to Kenya was changed to a trip to Fairbanks, Alaska.
Students were able to help at several different locations including the Fairbanks Rescue Mission and the North Pole Summit Church and School. At the Fairbanks Rescue Mission, students helped prepare and serve food to the residents, organize and sort clothing, and help stuff envelopes for their annual mailing. At the Summit Church and School, the students led the children’s program and chapel, moved and organized their cold weather clothing area into its new home, painted, and helped organize school supplies for students who are not able to afford them without assistance. In addition, the students were able to lead out in the church services and Sabbath School at the Fairbanks and North Pole churches.
The trip included an opportunity to experience some unique Alaskan adventures, including dog sledding, snow machining, swimming at Chena Hot Springs, seeing the Northern lights, viewing the local wildlife like moose and musk ox, hiking in the snow, and exploring the Castner Glacier Ice Cave.
The mission of Highland Academy is to develop Christ-like characters and lifelong learners. This mission trip gave young people the opportunity to actively engage in serving those in need and becoming more like Jesus. They also had the chance to visit and learn about other places and cultures, and thus engage in lifelong learning.
Kentucky-Tennessee | June 2021