Some of you will know that our seniors recently took a class trip to Orlando. While there, our students toured The Kennedy Space Center, and they even got to watch a SpaceX rocket launch (which was a surprise for all of them!). This was a great opportunity for our students to see much of the math and science they have studied being put into action, and to reflect on the fact that God has given humans the ability to explore and discover, with the ultimate goal of knowing him more deeply, and even using our discoveries to alleviate the suffering of God’s creation. The following day, our seniors went to the Universal Studios theme park for a “Grad Bash” event to celebrate the encroaching end of their senior year.
For those unfamiliar with the event, it is an evening when Universal closes their doors to the public at 7 pm, and allows only high school seniors and their chaperones from registered schools to enjoy the rides and attractions until they close the park at 2 am (special thanks to our brave chaperones who hung in there with the students!). After returning from the weekend trip, I received an encouraging email from a parent of one of our seniors who was on the trip. She wrote:
We have some friends that have two children in high school at [large, private school in
Savannah]. One of these children is a young man who is a friend of [Habersham student]
from church, who joined the Habersham group at Universal for Grad Night and made
some interesting comments to his parents. He commented on how well-mannered and
caring the Habersham kids were, and he was impressed by their maturity and
overall concern for each other. This family just moved here last fall, so they didn’t have
a lot of time to consider schools, but the comment from the friend and his parents was
that they wished they had looked at Habersham first, as these are the kind of
classmates he wished he had. [The Habersham student] commented on the foul language and
general behavior of a lot of the other schools who were in attendance, which made her
appreciate her classmates. Thank you all again for a great trip and for continuously seeking a higher standard with our school!
I hear many stories like these from our community, and every time I hear one, I am greatly encouraged. There is no question that the growth of children into teens and young adults is fraught with challenges, for parents and schools, but I could not be prouder of the work that our faculty and staff do every day to minister to our students. There is plenty of room for us to grow and improve as a school, but the heart of our school is educating kids in such a way that the very image of God shines more distinctly in their lives at the end of their Habersham journey than it did at the beginning, and there are constant reminders that God is accomplishing that mission through our work.
Much like Elon Musk and his SpaceX program, we are also constantly preparing to launch, but in our case, it is a launch of our students into a world that is increasingly dark and opposed to the truth of God’s Word. As we prepare to send our seniors into the next phase of their lives, I hope that you’ll join me in praising and thanking God for creating and sustaining our school. The Habersham School is serving a critical role in proclaiming the excellencies of Christ and his Gospel through the top-notch education that our students receive. There is no school in Savannah committed to so lofty a mission, and even students at other areas school are noticing and wishing that they were part of our community.
Thank you for investing in Habersham and helping us fulfill our mission!
Soli Deo gloria,