This school year brought a few changes that really made a BIG impact. The schools work program has changed to become vocational classes. The classes consist of: Food Services; Agriculture; Teacher’s Aide; and Environmental Services. With agriculture as the only industry the school currently has, there has always been the desire to pick up new industries to help meet the financial needs of the school.
During February 2018, Carl and Sandy Keller began dreaming about taking another mission trip. They had been on several and were hooked... After several days, Sandy came up with an idea. She said, “Why don’t we do a mission trip close to home, and save all our travel time and money for lodging. We could use our own tools, sleep in our own beds and still be on a mission trip. Let’s get a mission trip up for Jefferson Christian Academy!”
We praise God for the success of our summer Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. We sold twelve produce baskets each week from mid-May through the end of July with various ripening vegetables. CSA members enjoyed mixed lettuces, kale, chard, beet greens, collards, tomatoes, cucumbers, purple hulled peas, green beans, garlic, bell peppers, hot peppers beets, eggplant, turnips, radishes, sweet corn, and okra.
Every year before school starts, we pray that God will send us the students He would have for us. We are thankful for the many ways He has provided each year. On August 13, 2017, registration began, and the Lord blessed us with not only returning students, but new students. Our initial enrollment was 28 students, and more are expecting this week. Corey Johnston, a 4-year senior, says, “I’m happy to be starting my fourth year. I have made new friendships each year, which is awesome.”
I was in a public school before I came here. It was a big school and the environment left something to be desired. Students arguing in the halls over some simple disagreement, a school officer at every corner looking for druggies and trouble makers, officers escorting kids to classes or the principal’s office since they were on probation, groups of kids hanging out talking about how weird or disgusting someone looked, anything they could speak of to make you feel bad about yourself.