Sharing Our Story - The Park Family
I remember very clearly the 6 hour drive our family was taking to the ocean and the 6 hour talk I had with my husband about sending our children to Sunnyside Christian School. It was something I always wanted for my children. I knew we focused on Christ as the center of their home life but I also wanted them to have that when I sent them off for school.
Choosing to send our kids to a Christian school was a difficult decision for my husband and I because we both graduated from one, and it wasn’t the best experience for either of us. We were nervous to send our children to a school we knew little about but it was something that God had really laid on my heart. It would also be a financial burden on us but I was trusting God to meet this need in our lives.
After our long drive, we decided we would send them for a year and see how it goes; but it didn’t take a year for us to realize this was what we had been praying for. It fact, it took one week of our precious boys coming home and telling us all they had learned and seeing how incredibly happy they were, to know that this was the place for us. Not only are they given an exemplary education, but everything is Bible-based and Christ-centered. My children leave for school each day and have their educational needs and their spiritual needs met. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Since attending Sunnyside Christian School, my oldest son has become such a good example for his siblings. He reminds them to pray and tells them about salvation and heaven on a daily basis. He is also reading in the short seven months he has been in Kindergarten! He is truly excited to know God, talk about Him, and be surrounded by classmates and a teacher who feel the same.
My preschooler spends his day after school singing me Bible songs he learned at school and reminding himself that Jesus wouldn’t like if he ate his sister’s cookie and my heart melts.
If Sunnyside Christian School is something that you are considering for your child and you are still on the fence about it, I challenge you to pray and commit to sending them for a year. Although it won’t take a year, as my husband says, to realize how wonderful this school and its teachers and staff truly are.
There is no sacrifice too great to give our children a Godly education, and there is no reward greater than seeing your children grow with that Godly education. I cannot wait for the next year and our boys’ journey to continue at Sunnyside Christian School.
Peter and Millesa Park have two children at Sunnyside Christian School: Jimmy in Kindergarten and Bentley in 3 year-old preschool. They attend Prosser Friendship Baptist Church.