December 4, 2017
Greetings Shekinah Family,
As Shekinah faculty and students pass through our hallways this week they are greeted by Christmas decorations. We have less than three weeks remaining until Christmas break begins, and with the holiday season many of us experience some sort of family tradition. Growing up, my sisters and I were allowed to open one gift on Christmas Eve after our mother had prepared a scrumptious meal on her fine china. However, no gift could be opened until we had read the Christmas story. Traditions have a way of bringing fond memories, don’t they?
As I talk to many of you and hear about your experiences at Shekinah, I often hear about various traditions that made Shekinah special to you. Shekinah has a strong athletic tradition for such a small school. Banners hang in our gymnasium that recognize our girl’s volleyball team for district championships in 1995, 1999, 2011, 2012, and 2013 as well as appearances in the state final four (1995), state final 16 (1999), and elite 8 (2012). Our girl’s basketball team has their own banner recognizing their district championship and appearance in the state elite 8 in 2012. Our boy’s basketball team is recognized for their NACA Division IV championships in 2002, 2003, and 2004. There are plenty of trophies around here showing past successes as well.
I’ve heard some appreciative comments regarding our music and drama program also. It’s the reason we have invested in music room and stage area enhancements over the last two years. Of course, the most important tradition of all isn’t our fine arts or athletics program. It’s the 39-year tradition of integrating a Biblical worldview into the curriculum and extracurricular programs. Times have changed. We no longer use PACE’s from A.C.E. Junior high and high school students change classes in the conventional model. There are certainly new faces and different rules than there were 20 or 30 years ago. However, it is as important as ever to include a discipleship component in our educational experience both inside and outside the classroom. We want students to be academically and spiritually prepared for making an impact for the Kingdom of God.
The last two years we have been blessed by your financial investment to update most of our classrooms. This year we are turning our attention towards our gymnasium. It is often the first impression that many have of Shekinah. More people see our gymnasium on an annual basis than any of our classrooms. Our athletic and fine arts activities that take place in the gym are tools to empower students to explore their interests, develop Godly character, and enhance their leadership and communication abilities. With your help we want to continue the tradition of providing high-quality academic and extracurricular programs in a space that reflects excellence.
Our goal for the Traditions Campaign is $85,000. This will cover the projects listed on the next page and a few other facility needs. Would you prayerfully consider contributing to the ongoing enhancement of our facility so that we can serve our students with excellence? You can contribute to the Traditions Campaign by submitting your contribution via mail. Any donation postmarked by December 31st is eligible for a tax-deduction on your 2017 taxes. You may also visit our website: www.shekinahchristian.org and click on the Donate link in the upper right hand corner underneath the search box to give online. Thank you for prayerful consideration of this opportunity to invest in the lives of Shekinah students.
****Below are pictures of athletic facilities that need improvement****