Inspiring, fulfilling and rewarding...these all describe the 2012-13 school year. In a time when Christian schools are closing or diminishing, Eastland Christian School continues to be a strong outreach in our community. David, the young shepherd boy, when facing the Giant Goliath asked, "Is there not a cause?" Today, there are "giants" we face in Christian education. Our reply to David's question is "Yes, there is a cause." Our God still enables us to be victorious.
Dedicated teachers and staff, parents and students, together, have made this a "hallmark" year. The addition of the SchoolWorx program, expansion of competitive sports, computer and Spanish classes in the elementary level along with calculus and interactive Bible classes at the secondary level have brought a new dimension to the E.C.S. program. The newly organized Parent Organization deserves special thanks for extra fund-raising efforts and providing "treats" for the staff.
Again, many honors have been bestowed in academics, fine arts and athletics. One of the most recent was a commendable state 1st place awarded to the senior high Choric Speaking group. Chapel services have been most challenging, highlighted by a terrific day with "The Wilds Camp" team. The National Honor Society students' upcoming special project at Ronald McDonald House is noteworthy. Too, we are encouraged with the new student interviews and enrollment for the next school year. What a thrilling experience recently when a 1996 graduate came to register her children in the school! We are privileged to have many second-generation students in the school.
All these accomplishments will surely fade in comparison to the "Well Done" which will be spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ one day for the numerous students who have received Christ as Savior and Lord this school year. The goal of E.C.S. is to not only prepare students for this life, but for eternity. To God be the glory, great things He has done.
"Yes, there is a cause!"
E.C.S. Salutes Its Own Authoress
Our very own Sierra Holmes, a fourth grade honor student, is co-author of the first in a series of books, the "S-T-A-N-D" series. "Odd Alley" addresses bullying and discrimination among youngsters.
"Odd Ally" will be available for review in the school reception area when it is released this month. Orders can be placed at www.thestandseries.com.
Congratulations, Sierra! We commend you for your wonderful accomplishment.
Speech: Lucia Meimary, Grace Aibangbee, Yairette Quinones, Joy Kennedy, Sophia Rosado, Abigail Wellons, Alexandra Santos, Adriana Rivas, Victoria Stockford, Adriana Garip, Gabriella Paret, Jasmine Carrero, Faviola Rosado, Triniti Thomas, Bria Stephenson, Cadence Stearns, Sierra Holmes, Nathan Krause, Jerison Lau, Aubrey Rohn, Adriana Rivas, Mariapaz Parra, Thais Rios, Alana Frye, Jennifer Zayas
2005 Alumnus to Receive Medical Degree
Jared Kirkland, 2005 E.C.S. graduate, pursuing a medical career, received his pre-med degree in Molecular Biology and Micro Biology from U.C.F. in 2009. Jared continued his studies at U.S.F. School of Medicine, Tampa, and is scheduled to receive his medical degree this May, 2013. In July, Jared will commence his residency at David Grant Medical Center, Travis AFB, California. Congratulations, Jared! You are to be commended and honored for your diligence and dedication.
FOCUS ON STUDENTS
We are so proud that our student body is filled with young people that not only strive for excellence in their academics but also set an example in the spiritual emphasis seen in their lives. Two of this years' senior girls, Kayla Brooks and Stacey Miller, are becoming spiritual examples in their commitment to world missions. Soon after graduating this May, the girls will join one of our teachers, Mrs. Hahr, on a mission trip through World Hope International to bring hope, health, and the gospel to the people of Kenya, Africa. they will be participating in programs that seek to aid in both the physical and spiritual needs of the people there, including free medical clinics, children's ministry, church and school volunteer work and much more. In each of those programs, the gospel will be shared and people's lives will be changed. We are proud that Kayla and Stacey have chosen to give the Lord their first summer out of high school to be His hands and feet, loving and sharing Christ with the people of Kenya.