By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Children who otherwise weren’t exposed to the Bible this summer got a mini-course in Christian values this week at C.A.S.A.
The Church After School Association held its first-ever Vacation Bible School for summer students, teaching them lessons from the scriptures and involving them in mission work benefiting the community.
On Tuesday, they read a story about Joseph and collected school supplies for needy children. On Wednesday, they read another story about Joseph and collected new and used items to send to Honduras. And on Thursday, they made pizzas that they then delivered to The Salvation Army’s food line.
“We learned about people that really need stuff,” said Dalton Beazley, a C.A.S.A. summer participant and a rising sixth-grader at Mantachie Elementary School. “It’s been really fun.”
Beazley and several dozen other students formed an assembly line at First United Methodist Church where they made 30 large sausage pizzas under the guidance of chef Cletus Brekke.
“Half of the kids didn’t even know what The Salvation Army was when we started,” said Beth Miller, director of C.A.S.A.’s fourth- and fifth-grade program. “But now they’re real excited to make the pizzas and take them over there. I think they’ll be humble to see what they’ve done.”
C.A.S.A Director April Nunnelee launched the program after realizing some students couldn’t attend Vacation Bible School at their regular churches due to scheduling conflicts with their parents.
She said she wanted to offer them that experience as part of C.A.S.A.’s regular summer curriculum. On the last day of the mini-program, Nunnelee deemed it successful.
“Even if we don’t the Vacation Bible School part of it again next year,” she said, “we’ll definitely do the mission work.”