ART UPLIFTS THE COMMUNITY
March was National Youth Art Month and our children decided to use their artistic talents to give back to the community! With the help of the office staff, after school teachers, and coordinators of local community centers, children at both our sites, created handmade cards filled with motivational scriptures, affirmations, and quotes. We delivered the cards to two senior centers, Spring Garden Senior Center and Mercy Neighborhoods Community Center, and to some of the patients at Temple Hospital.
TELL PEOPLE ABOUT JESUS
Psalm 96:3 says, “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” In March, our students learned the importance of spreading the gospel. Several missionaries visited our school to tell our students about their work around the world. Our students learned that anyone can be a missionary by telling people about Jesus. The students raised close to $400 dollars, in just two weeks, to donate towards our national children’s missions giving project, BGMC. The funds will buy printed materials for children and church plants around the world.
APRIL 11 th – APRIL 15th WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD
An annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.
THE WONDERS OF TEACHING
Being an educator can be a rewarding yet difficult profession. One’s days are filled with smiles and laughs, but sometimes difficulties and frustrations arise. Mr. Tom Strube, SGA’s lead kindergarten teacher, recently took a moment to reflect on how he came to love teaching and the wonders that his years in the classroom have brought into his life. His desire to work with children was inspired by his high school math teacher, who oddly went by a similar name (Tom Struble). “I think the most rewarding things about teaching are seeing transformation in students’ lives. I mean ultimately I know that it is God that’s steering them through the course of their lives, but to be a part of that is incredible.” Every day, Mr. Tom works to mold his kindergarteners into thinking, caring, helpful individuals. Mr. Tom’s joy is visible. He is one of the first staff members to arrive and his energy spreads through our school. In his class everyone is a scientist, an artist, an explorer, an inventor, a musician, and most of all a friend. Even on the challenging days, he still holds a positive attitude. “One of the most challenging things about teaching is laying down your pride to become more understanding of the children. Also speaking the truth to the students in love can be hard. I find myself on certain days still having to vocalize that though I am upset or hurt by their behavior, I still love them unconditionally.” Ultimately he knows that filling his classroom with the love and forgiveness of Jesus is the best way to build a safe and productive learning environment.