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The Annual Fund: Where We Are and Why It Matters

Back in August, we announced our 2013-14 Annual Fund goal: $100,000 to be used for Tuition Assistance and Student Support Programs.  The Bible assures us in Proverbs 16:9 that although we make many plans, the Lord determines our steps.  Only eight months into our campaign - after a very successful SPRING FLING & FUNd RUN - we discovered that although we asked, hoped, and planned for $100,000, the Lord used over 500 donors to bring our total to just over $111,000.  It is easy for me to focus on goals, amounts, and program details but these are only a means to an end.  The Annual Fund matters because these financial resources sustain our legacy of providing Christ-centered education and passing on the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD to the next generation (Psalm 78:4). Tuition Assistance and Student Support programs allow students with academic challenges and families with financial difficulties to join, or remain a part of, the MGCS community.  Here are some stories from a few of t ...

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What Our Teachers Want Parents to Know

After being a parent at MGCS for 4 years, I joined the MGCS staff.  Since then, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing what happens after all the other parents leave.  I’m able to “see behind the curtain” a bit and watch our teachers in action.  I wish all MGCS parents could know what I see every day, so I asked the teachers what they want MGCS parents to know.  Here are the top 10 responses: 1.   What an honor it is that parents trust us with their precious children.  We do not take that honor lightly. 2.   How excited we are when a goal is met or a difficult skill is mastered.  Their child’s success matters deeply to us. 3.   That we pray for their child regularly  4.   That when we correct their child, it isn’t because we dislike them or don’t care about them, it is because we DO care about them so much.  We love their child and we want the very best for them 5.   How doing homework enhances their child’s understanding ...

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Does Preschool REALLY matter? Reflections from a Kindergarten Teacher

Harvard Researchers recently found that “children who got at least a year of quality prekindergarten did better in reading and math than kids who spend the year in day care, with relatives, or in some other kind of preschool.”  Paula Starling, Kindergarten teacher at MGCS for 12 years, agrees.  Over the years, she has observed significant differences in preparedness between students who have attended preschool, those who have attended a “Play School” and those children who did not have any preschool: “I’ve noticed that students with a quality preschool experience are better prepared for a successful year in Kindergarten and beyond. Preschool is different from a ‘playschool.’  A preschool will be more focused on early academic experiences.  Play is highly important in both paradigms but, in a preschool like MGCS, play has a purpose." She notes that students who have attended preschools with a developmentally appropriate and academically challenging curriculum have developed the skills ne ...

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MGCS Purchases Additonal Land

In September, after more than eighteen months of searching and negotiating, we closed on the purchase of a ten-acre tract of land adjacent to our campus.  This is the first piece of property that MGCS has ever owned, and we rejoice in God’s provision.  This piece of property has strategic value to us in two primary ways.  1.   Safety - We want to protect the property from being developed in a way that would be detrimental to the school.  We are thankful that the purchase of this property enables us to keep our grounds self-contained and, therefore, more secure. 2.   Opportunity - This purchase also gives us the opportunity to expand our campus.  There are ways in which our current facilities do not optimally meet our needs, and we could present a compelling case to build additional space.  Our middle school enrollment is at its highest in school history.  Other possible uses include athletics and outdoor education.  As we begin to advance into t ...

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The Annual Fund: A Legacy of Kindness and Generosity

Thanks to gifts from 7 Grandparents, 4 Parents, 2 MGCS Staff, and 1 Friend, our Annual Fund total stands at $44,255.

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Funding Factory Donations Make a Big Difference

 Last year, we began to partner with Funding Factory, a company that recycles toners, cell phones, and small electronics. We collected nearly 1,800 pounds of recyclable materials and raised $1433! With that money, we were able to purchase items to enhance our school’s technology program. Since we have had such tremendous support for the recycling drive, Funding Factory has asked us to participate in their pilot program to recycle empty deodorant containers as well. Why deodorant containers? Up to now, these containers have not been able to be processed for recycling, so they end up in landfills. By partnering with Unilever, Funding Factory will be able to recycle and reclaim these materials, enabling them to be reused in other ways. We are pleased to be asked to participate in this program, as we are always eager for new ways to be good stewards of what God has given us. From now until December 31, 2013, we'll be collecting empty deodorant containers of any type or brand (except aerosol cans) in the box ...

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We can, We should, We Are Beginning To: Becoming a Model Christian School

Earlier this year, bestselling Christian author, Karol Ladd, was writing her most recent book, A Woman’s Secret for Confident Living.  In the process, she searched the internet for well-articulated statements of a Christian worldview.  That search ultimately led her to Myrtle Grove Christian School’s website and our Biblical Worldview Statement posted there.  With our permission, she reprinted the statement in her book and commented, “Now there’s a school that knows what they believe!  I applaud them for stating it clearly and boldly.”  Needless to say, that praise from a nationally-known Christian author is encouraging!  However, it is even more exciting to see this sort of recognition as an early fulfillment of a vision I cast more than two years ago.  Join me in a quick flashback.At an Annual Fund banquet in February 2009, I gave a speech in which I stated that MGCS is a “five-talent” school.  That phrase comes from Matthew 25:14-30, where Jesus tells a parable about ...

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