After a record-breaking winter of cold and snow, Spring has finally sprung in West Michigan. It is time to open windows and welcome the season of new beginnings. At the same time, we watch the school year draw to a close and reflect on the unique opportunities our students have had over the course of the year to go beyond the classroom, explore their interests and gifts, and experience God’s world.
For two weeks in January, high school students explored their interests in architecture, crime scene investigation, computer science, and business.
Some cultivated their talents in art, music, and dance, while others experienced the professional world through internships.
This year 250 students traveled to a variety of locations from Rehoboth to Rwanda.
Spanish Immersion students at the Iroquois campus joined forces with middle and high school students to support children at a school in the Dominican Republic.
Elementary and middle school students gathered together for a Spanish worship service to pray over and dedicate the 150 backpacks they had collected before a group of students personally delivered them as part of their Winterim trip to the DR.
Middle School students spent the week after Spring Break learning everything from How to Budget Your Own Adventure to how to Think Like a Scientist.
Some learned about the culture of other countries as they explored local restaurants and prepared their own Spanish and Latin American cuisine.
Others inquired into the profession of teaching by shadowing and serving as mentors at a local elementary school and childhood center.
4th graders from Rockford Christian spent a full week behind the scenes at John Ball Park Zoo learning about God’s creation and creativity.
Through animal observation and interaction, the students learned about everything from classifications and adaptations to habitats, food chains, and how humans impact the environment of wildlife.
In February, Evergreen students spent four days at the VanAndel Education Institute. They worked as scientists and built flashlights and magnetic cars for the Electric-Magnet Extravaganza.
They worked with plants and animals and made aquariums during the Outstanding Organism Session.
Each group also designed structures to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes to survive the Day of Disasters.
We are $200,000 away from fully funding our financial aid commitments and essential programs that have enriched students’ lives during the past year.
By investing in Grand Rapids Christian, you ensure the continued strength of our educational programs, the performing arts, and students’ seamless access to technology and Student Support Services. Simply stated, you prepare students for lives of discovery and service in Christ’s kingdom.
None of this is possible without you! Your gift to the Eagles Fund directly impacts the lives of over 2200 students across our five campuses and provides financial aid to help make Christian education a reality for over 700 students who would otherwise not have that opportunity.
Your gift also reaches further and impacts lives throughout the community and world by giving our students the opportunity to engage in and prepare for lives of service.
We are truly thankful for your commitment to Grand Rapids Christian Schools and welcome your support to reach our goal as we prepare students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society.
History, social studies, and science come alive when students experience them firsthand. Experiences like these and the priceless educational opportunities that result would not be possible without the charitable contributions made by donors past and present.