Founded in 1941, Ozark Adventist Academy is a small Christian school located in Gentry Arkansas. There are over 150 students enrolled in the freshmen through senior class. All students work to help pay for tuition and have spending money. Ozark Adventist Academy offers a unique work study program that has a dual purpose. First, it provides each student the opportunity to help pay for a Christian education that might otherwise be out of reach and secondly, it teaches students good work ethics and prepares them to enter a broader work force after high school.
Ozark Adventist Academy, in partnership with Southern Adventist University’s ASSIST grant program, has the opportunity to offer unique tuition assistance to our students. Through this service-oriented program, our participating students are paired with elderly adults in our community in a mutually-beneficial way.
Students in the ASSIST program provide help to senior citizens by performing light housecleaning and/or yard work. They also have fun with their elderly friends through activities such as visiting, reading, and playing games. As the young people build generational bridges, they also benefit from the wisdom and mentorship of the older adults. In the process, their time together helps finance the student’s Christian education.
Not only are these students developing skills needed to be successful—commitment, leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, empathy, and collaboration—they are also learning the value of service.
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