Transitioning into the Development & Marketing Coordinator position here at Liberty mid-year was quite a challenge. However, the Lord's grace remains faithfully evident through donations and the financial provision as last school year ended. Our auction raised over $105,000 and the 2018-2019 fiscal year Patriot Fund total exceeded our yearly goal. I'm forever thankful that His hands are in the middle of my work, and I give the honor to Whom it's due.
Our donors not only met our Patriot Fund goal but provided money for this year's Fund-a-Need project, a new phone system, which was installed over the summer break. We are so grateful for each and every donor who has sacrificially supported us financially, as well as those who sacrificially give their time.
Our fundraising events play a huge role in how we bridge our tuition income and operating expense gap. But our donors are not the only part of our community that can make a significant contribution.
Tammy Mattoon has served on the auction committee for several years now. Part of her volunteer position is to help facilitate the procurement of donated items. Tammy, each year, approaches several businesses to inquire about potential donations. After three years of only receiving baskets from Gesa Credit Union, 2019 was different. They donated a beautiful basket and sponsored the event!
Being my first Denim & Diamonds auction, the evening of April 27th was a bit of a whirlwind for me. I remember not necessarily knowing what to do as all the pieces we prepared were now in motion. I sat back, tried to take it all in, and made observations of potential improvements for years to come. After I introduced myself and closed the night, two gentlemen from the Gesa table pulled me aside and asked to speak with Jim and me. They began to tell us about how their company is passionate about schools, educators, and students and would like to partner with Liberty.
Flash forward to yesterday, August 15th, 2019. Gesa hosted co-branded debit card reception announcing the total awards for the participating school districts. Richland School District raised just over $43,000 and Kennewick $42,000 through Gesa's Affinity Card program. Mr. Cochran and I, along with a table of other staff and faculty representing Liberty, accepted a $2,000 award for the launch of our partnership with Gesa starting this fall. Soon, you will be able to request a co-branded debit card at any Gesa Credit Union branch. This card will not only create visual awareness for the community, but Gesa donates back to Liberty every time each card is used.
There will be more details to come, but for now, I am beyond thankful for every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, alumni, staff, and beyond whom choose to continually come together in unity with their individual giftings making Liberty what it is today. We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you.
Here's to braving new heights this 40th year!
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us" - Ephesians 3:20
UPDATE: The cards are now available at any of the 18 Gesa locations. It is absolutely free to switch your card.
Development & Marketing Coordinator
Why Liberty? Because Liberty is my home. I came to liberty in 5th grade, after moving here from Gresham, Oregon. To be quite honest, when I first started school here, I was terrified. At the Christian school I previously attended, there were five kids in my entire grade. 5. So when I realized that there were 40 at LCS, I was incredibly nervous. But thankfully, not too long after school started, I felt comfortable, not only because the students were friendly, but the overall atmosphere made coming to school enjoyable. Throughout my years at Liberty, not only was I growing closer and closer with my peers, but my relationship with Christ was flourishing as well. The spiritual renewals, class retreats, chapels, and Bible classes kept me constantly engaged with the Lord, and I was at a point in my life where I could always feel the presence of the Spirit. There was not a time where I didn’t have someone to talk to about my spiritual or personal problems, and I was always able to find someone to pray with or pray for me. But as my eighth grade year came to an end, I decided to transfer to a public school.
The reason why I decided to leave was because my parents and I were convinced I needed to expand my horizons and be out of school where there were more athletic and academic opportunities, the bigger campus, and to meet new faces. We all believed that I needed to see the ”real world,” in order to properly prepare me for college. My first two years of high school were quite a breeze. I was just getting used to the new environment, and figuring out where I belonged. My life was so consumed with people and sports that I hadn’t even noticed how quickly I was growing apart from Christ. I found myself praying only when I needed something, and on Sundays, I didn’t feel like going to church was necessary. I struggled to make God a priority, because I had been an environment where the Spirit of Christ was nonexistent.
For 3 ½ years, I settled for that. Here and there, I would ask my parents to pray with me because I wanted to kick-start my faith again. Right after I recited a prayer for the Lord to speak to me, the hope of hearing His voice immediately flushed out as soon as I went back to school. Being surrounded by people who lived every day without the love of Christ made it easy for me to forget what mattered most in my life. It took me nearly 4 years of high school to realize that I was lost. Just a couple weeks ago, I woke up with a sudden realization that something needed to change. I was emotionally drained from feeling empty inside, but not being able to explain what was causing me to feel that way. I decided to sit down with my parents and tell them exactly how I felt. They told me to pray about it, and figure out what I really needed. After praying about it and weighing out the pros and cons of coming back to Liberty, I decided that I needed to come home. Being at Liberty has served as a building block in my life, as it has sculpted much of who I am today. I realize that my years at Liberty were the ones where I found myself the most spiritually connected, and that is because LCS is a community. A community is a group that shares a common interest, and here, that interest is our passion to follow Christ.
So here I am, back home again. I want to thank my parents for supporting my decision, and I want to thank my Liberty family for being so welcoming to take me back. And above all, I want to thank the Father for guiding me home.
January 29, 2019
Liberty Christian School is excited to offer a Summer Extended Care Program this year! The Liberty Christian School Summer Program offers extended care for students entering kindergarten through those who have completed sixth grade. The mission of the program is to offer a Christ-centered environment of care, activities, and learning for students, while offering families a resource of extended care during the summer break when school is not in session.
Ms. Winje, our awesome 4th grade teacher, will be Director, overseeing the program, staff, and students in an administrative role. The program will begin on Wednesday, June 13, and run through Wednesday, August 15. Hours of operation will be 7:00am - 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.
Information about the program and the registration form can be found on this website, under the "Admissions" tab and the "Summer Extended Care Program" option in the drop-down menu. Please visit the page frequently as we add details of the schedule, handbook, planned field trips and activities, etc.
We are looking forward to a great summer!