We see it when a butterfly is working its way out of a chrysalis or a baby chick is pecking its way out of an egg. The struggle appears to be so overwhelming, one is tempted to help the poor creature break free from its enclosure.We know, however, that in the struggle, the butterfly and chick become strong enough to live outside of the safety of its former, confined environment.If there is no struggle, there is no strength, and the risk of not surviving or being handicapped increases considerably.
\"This week marks the annual National School Choice Week, which highlights the importance of giving parents the freedom to choose where to enroll their children in school. School choice is a non-issue for the many Americans who have the means to move to school districts with high-quality public schools or to send their children to private schools. But to the millions of families living in poverty, school choice can be a lifeline. These families have their children assigned to schools that are often under-performing, so being able to enroll their kids in a better school can propel students to higher achievement and change the course of their lives.\" US News Online - By Nina Rees
While we don\'t have school vouchers or school tax credit money to use yet in Missouri, I can promise you parents in Columbia agree having a variety of schools to choose from is essential, even in a community like ours where public education is still strong and a viable option. This is also why CFS offers tuition assitance to 20-25% of our students each year. We know many parents desire a quality education with a Christian viewpoint, yet not all families can afford to send their children to a private school. This is also why we are gearing up to expand our school in 2018, to double it in size so we can offer the kind of education we have over the last 30+ years to our growing population in Columbia.
Many of our parents are alumni of CFS, choosing to carry on the legacy of Knowledge, Faith, Character to their own children. Their kids get a kick out of seeing their parents on the composites along the wall in the high school, or flipping through yearbooks to get a glimpse of their parents when they were here at school. The parents often comment how things have changed so much, yet also so much has stayed the same.
We hope as school choice becomes a topic in politics, as it will in the near future, that our community voices their desire to keep the education options open and available to everyone in our state and not just the affluent.
We know our families, often at huge personal sacrifice, pay tuition for their children to attend our school. So why do we need to supplement our tuition revenue with donations to our Annual Fund? CFS has always been an outreach ministry to our community to provide a quality Christian education to as many children as we possibly can. We believe the body of Christ is diverse, encompassing people of all races and socio-economic status, so why should a Christian school be any different? So we have made CFS affordable to more families by keeping tuition lower than our costs, and allowing students to receive tuition assistance as needed. We believe this makes CFS a better school.
As we slowly move into the school groove of multiple activities, we gear up for publicizing our expansion plans. We meet with radio stations and print media, and continue working on the video. ST Productions shows up and creates a fluster of excitement as newly trained safety patrol students perform their jobs while being filmed! Everyone wants to know what is going on. They are excited about a school video and the chance to be a star.
As I begin making plans for events and fundraisers for 2014-15, I look through my calendar of events from last year and the memories of triumphs and challenges start flooding my thoughts. I thought we could take a look at what CFS has accomplished this past year, along with the struggles we faced. We would love to read comments about your own favorite memories of CFS. I will start with the hot, humid month of August.