As an essential part of our mission statement, Mount Vernon defines grounded in Christian values the following way:
Jesus grew in wisdom and favor with God and others. May we walk in a manner worthy of the call we have been entrusted, grounded in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Nurturing these values through service and community, we ask questions, share stories and build relationships. Inspiring one another through the work we undertake together we seek to design a better world, searching for maximum impact.
References: Luke 2:52, Ephesians 4:1, Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Timothy 6:18-19
CHAPEL AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
The Lower School student body gathers each Wednesday for chapel. Led by our Christian Life Coordinator, this half hour includes high-energy music and developmentally appropriate messages regarding mainstream Christian values of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. Many parents elect to join us for this time of community and fellowship. Additionally, children have Christian Education class each week to further explore and apply the teachings of the Bible.
We strive to foster a spirit of service in our students well beyond traditional service hours. Students practice service through decisions to approach each day with gratitude, respect for others, and by assisting in any way they can. Each grade level also partners with organizations in our community such as Children Helping Children and Action Ministries to help each child see how he or she can make a difference.
HELPING HANDS DAY
To commemorate and honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Helping Hands Day is a day of school-wide community service. The goal is to provide support to our communities while teaching our students the value of selflessness, compassion, and responsibility. Volunteering at various locations around Atlanta, our students learn that even small hands can make a big difference!
SHARE THE WELL CAMPAIGNS
The School holds a variety of collection drives to help the less fortunate. Throughout the years these efforts have included supporting our sister school in Zambia, Toys for Tots, Atlanta Community Food Bank, and the American Red Cross.