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The Role of Your Child

March 11, 2013
By Laura Eisenga

We’ve all heard the saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Now, before you think we’re asking for more service hours from you busy parents, I’m actually talking about the students.

I’m asking for students to take a hard look at “Ask not what your school can do for you. Ask what you can do for your school (and classmates).”

Sending children to Sunnyside Christian School is definitely an investment for our families. Tuition dollars are paying for a quality Christian education that will prepare children for academic readiness and also for life’s demands, struggles and victories. That is what our school is aiming to do for your child.

But what can your child do for Sunnyside Christian School? and their classmates? I’d say a whole lot.

I get a taste of the impact that students have on one another when my kids get in the car after a morning of preschool, and they tell me about all the older kids that said hi to them or pushed them on the swing. Those cute little 1st and 2nd graders are being active role models for my kids!

Each class has its leaders, clowns, thinkers, writers, gigglers, followers, creators, etc. Each child has their place. Each child fulfills a role.

Each child also has weaknesses and struggles. He doesn’t understand his math homework. Her pet goldfish died. His leg hurts. Her performance at last night’s basketball game wasn’t great. He got dumped by his girlfriend, and she’s annoyed that she’s grounded for the weekend. These children, tweens and teenagers turn to each other (sometimes first!) for help, comfort, strength, advice and comedic relief!

More importantly, each child at Sunnyside Christian is recognized as a Child of God who has been given talents and abilities that will help educate the children around them. Yes, these children help educate the children around him/her. By reading out loud, by answering questions, by sharing his/her artwork in the hallway, they all help educate each other. Isn’t it beautiful?

We are approaching the time of year when parents will decide if they’re willing to continue their commitment to invest the time and money it takes to send their child to Sunnyside Christian. We hope parents approach this decision with much prayer.

We also hope parents approach this decision with the realization that their child is important to Sunnyside Christian. Their child may be a best friend to another student. Their child may be a leader of his/her class. Their child may be the class clown that may disrupt the class once in awhile, but also makes another child smile when he’s had a bad day. Their child is about to experience a teacher that will make the lightbulb turn on and find his/her true passion.

And while we realize that this child can make an impact somewhere else, may we be a little selfish by wanting these children here? We realize how important each student is to our community, and we hope you do too.