This all-school annual community service project occurs between Thanksgiving and the first week of January. The entire Lake Ridge Academy community collects canned goods, winter outerwear, and healthcare products for the needy of the City of Lorain. Lower and Upper School students sort through the items that are collected. The Middle School buys and wraps presents for the children of the families being helped. Food, clothing, and presents are distributed to families at the Three Kings Celebration held on January 4 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lorain. Middle and Upper School students participate in the celebration. Middle School students decorate the hall and set the tables, and Upper School students help prepare and serve the meal for the families in attendance.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross depends on Lake Ridge Academy students to man their annual Wishes of the World campaign at Great Northern Mall. The money collected goes to the Disaster Relief Fund.
Students attend the Special Olympics basketball tournament at Lorain County Community College. Each year the Special Olympics depends on our students to support, cheer, and provide halftime entertainment.
Habitat for Humanity
Upper School students volunteer their time to spackle and sand drywall, shovel dirt, and complete landscaping projects for Habitat for Humanity families.
Cleveland Food Bank
Lake Ridge Academy students work at the annual Cleveland Auto Show Preview Night, the proceeds of which go to the Cleveland Food Bank. Also, Upper School students travel twice a year to the Cleveland Food Bank to sort and pack canned goods for distribution to food pantries in the Cleveland area.
Blanket Drive for the Homeless
During January and February, students collect blankets to be delivered to the homeless on the streets of Cleveland and Lorain.
The Knitting Club meets once a week at lunch to work on various items that are donated to Warm Hands, a program at Elyria Memorial Hospital that collects hats, mittens, and teddy bears for children in the emergency room. Most of the actual knitting is done outside of school; the lunch meetings are used primarily for teaching and comparing projects. Both beginning and experienced knitters of all ages are welcome.
North Ridgeville Community Care
Students volunteer at North Ridgeville Community Care to sort and stack food in their pantry.
The Diversity Forum is an annual event dedicated to generating awareness of international events and cultural diversity. This inspiring daylong event is open to all students in the area and includes a discussion group, a keynote speaker, and a general assembly. Past topics have included public education, women in politics, the tsunami, and Darfur.
Over 300 people from Lorain County/Cuyahoga County attend this annual celebration of cultural differences. CultureFest is supported by grants, such as the Youth Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County, the Mandel Center of Case Western Reserve University, and Youth Philanthropy and Service.