November 2015

At Cross Schools, the “Season for Giving” is Year-Round

Author: Vicki Burris

For many, the holiday season is a considered a season of giving. As we reflect on our lives and all of the blessings bestowed upon us, we take the opportunity to give to others who may not be as fortunate. Cross Schools’ commitment to “Service to Community” seems to fall right in place with the holiday season’s theme of giving; but in reality, the season for giving at Cross Schools is year-round.

Cross Schools’ mission is to provide an education in the Anglican tradition of academic excellence, fostering respect for self and others, service to community, and a commitment to know, love, and follow Jesus Christ. “We take upholding our mission statement seriously at Cross Schools,” said Shawn Young, lower and middle school headmistress. If it doesn’t fit into our mission statement, we don’t do it.”

As part of fulfilling Cross Schools’ mission statement, students collect gift cards for Hilton Head Heroes, participate in Operation Christmas Child, and package non-perishable meals for Stop Hunger Now. Cross Schools serves as a collection center for God’s Goods, a ministry of The Church of the Cross that provides gently used clothing and household items at a low cost to the community. Fun paired with service was the theme of the 2014 ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge,” during which students had the opportunity to pour buckets of ice water onto faculty members as part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funds for ALS research. Most recently, students collected toiletry items and bottled water for the flood-stricken midlands of South Carolina.

“At Cross Schools, we teach our children from an early age that sharing with others is important, not only in the classroom with our friends, but with those within our community,” said Susan Hackett, head of the preschool division at Cross. “It’s important to create a culture of giving, and to ensure that our children understand that not everyone enjoys the basic things that most of us are so blessed to have, even in our local community.”

As students progress to middle school, their ministry of giving becomes part of the curriculum at Cross Schools. Each Tuesday, fifth- through eighth-grade students volunteer their time to The Church of the Cross Food Bank. The food bank serves an average of 110 families right here in our community. “The first time I volunteered, I could hardly keep the tears from coming. I was extremely humbled, and I felt like God had placed me exactly where I needed to be that morning. The community members were so grateful, and I was blessed to have the opportunity to minister to them in a small way,” said seventh grader Kenzie Kronimus.

About Cross Schools
Founded in 1998, Cross Schools is an independent Christian school located in Bluffton South Carolina. It serves children ages 18 months through eighth grade. Cross Schools provides an excellent foundation for its students to thrive in every aspect of life; wherever their future leads them. For more information or to schedule a visit to the campus, please call (843) 706-2000 or visit online at 

Vicki Burris is director of development at Cross Schools.

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