This week in Christian education (Feb. 20-24)

Christian leader talks school choice for Christian parents – Albert Mohler, a seminary president and prominent leader in the Southern Baptist Convention, discusses why the current push for school choice and parents’ rights is important for Christian parents, as well as it how it differs from education reform of the 19th century. Read more here. 

Christian student volunteers by mentoring in primary school classrooms Ashton Beverly, a senior at Ross County Christian Academy in Chillicothe, Ohio, spends his Friday mornings mentoring the school’s youngest students. “He is a fantastic leader,” said 2nd grade teacher Kayla Black. “The kids really look up to him.” Head of Schools Valerie Jones says that although the mentoring program is optional, 90% of the students in 7th grade or higher volunteer. “It has been an amazing experience,” said Beverly “I love being here.” Read more here. 

Tennessee church mulls major expansion to launch Christian school – The Journey Church in Lebanon, Tennessee is exploring plans to launch a new Christian school, requiring a 51,000 square foot addition and additional parking spaces. “We’re still in the exploratory stage of what it would look like,” said executive pastor Mark Espenshade. “Part of this journey is to understand what our community needs and desires in a Christian school.” The church already lends its space for homeschool classes and has approximately 500 youth attending its Sunday services. Read more here. 

Two Christian students named National Merit Scholar Finalists – Two students from The Woodlands Christian Academy in Texas have been distinguished as Finalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program, placing them among the top 2% of applicants. “We are so proud of Avery and Seth!” said Amy Row, the director of high school academic and college advising. Read more here. 

Christian student awarded for work ethic – High school senior Reagan Lawson received Georgia Christian School’s 2023 STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) award. “Reagan is one of the most hardworking students that I’ve ever taught,” said Terry Carter, a history teacher at the school. “That work ethic and push for academic excellence will open a variety of doors for him.” Read more here. 

Christian school hosts memorial run – Immanuel Christian School in El Paso, Texas, hosted its second annual Dave Frazier Memorial 5k run/1 mile walk. “I believe the run is important to the community because it shows community spirit,” said Christine Frazier, Dave’s widow and a teacher at Immanuel, “because everyone can join and come, we’re open.” The event also serves as a fundraiser for the pre-K-12 school’s athletic programs. Read more here 

Christian students fight hunger in their communityMore than 40 students from Georgia Christian School volunteered to fill 1,000 boxes of food for elderly citizens in the southwest region of the state. The school partnered with Second Harvest, a hunger-relief charity, to get the job done. “I really enjoyed making the boxes for everybody because I feel like I was helping out people who are less fortunate than me,” said student AnaGrace Gunsolus. “I know that every box that I touched and all the food that I put in there was going to go to a family, go to a home in need.” Read more here.