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Inside Out Service Day 2017

Demolition! These students worked so hard and cheered each other on throughout the dirty job!

Inside Out takes PAA students, teachers, parents, and pastors throughout our city to share the love INSIDE us OUT to our community.

This year, the rain and wind held back and allowed for a very productive day of hard work.

Students worked in gardens, parks, and yards. Some students planted trees, built garden boxes, and compost bins.

Other groups painted this awesome Tiny Home at

Dignity Village. The same home our students built during a spring break Mission Focused Learning project.

Students worked with local non-profit organizations like Oregon Food Bank, Portland Adventist Community Center, Mercy Corp, and Adventist Health Social Services.

Some students worked at nearby Adventist schools to help with maintenance. Our Sus Manos Spanish Class students headed to the Adventist Conference office where they helped with a Spanish Ministries event.

A small group of very tough students helped in a demolition project. Another group used their organizing talents to help sort tools, hardware, and more at ReStore, a Habitat for Humanity store near our school.

“I would like to thank Portland Adventist Academy for all their service yesterday! Students disassembled an organ for recycled parts, cleared out our paint area, assembled new goods for the sales floor, and did myriad other tasks that our staff has not had time to tackle. Everyone was hardworking and so fun to be around, and your staff was so positive and great at being shepherds for the entire process. Please convey our appreciation, and come back anytime!” ~Kate from ReStore

Our ambitious and energetic running students literally ran up and down the nearby 205 bike path to collect trash and debris. They even returned shopping carts back to nearby stores.

Another group of students served with scissors! They gathered at a small table and started chopping up old jeans for Sole Hope, an organization that creates much needed shoes out of recycle resources. This unique and special project will make a real difference in the lives of people around the world!

Each of these projects opened doors to learning, engaging with others outside our school, and offered us opportunities to model and teach compassion.

Our deepest thanks go to those kind volunteers who led teams of students, who drove students to work sites, who loaned us tools, and who shared food and drinks with our workers.  We could not make this day happen without your support!

See all our photos on our facebook photo album! Click HERE


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