Welcome Back to Another Year of Blessings
The summer has sailed by quickly and we are now in week two of year nintey-four at Unity. We have so much to be thankful for. Over the last few months Unity has hired six new employees in the elementary and high school buildings. Shauna Lampe is our new second grade teacher. Paula Custer has taken over in the elementary library/resource room. Johnny Eissens is teaching Chemistry. Korri Marcum is our new elementary administrative assistant. Allen Hansen is driving the bus, and we closed out the summer by hiring Alyssa Katerberg; Ms. Katergerg is teaching junior high and high school English. We have a open house/welcome back celebration on the evening of September 4; this would be a great time to meet the new teachers and enjoy some fellowship.
There is much excitement and anticipation as we move into the 2015-2016 school year. As you may know, our theme for the year is Freedom from the Inside Out. My prayer is that God will use this theme mightily in spiritual development of our students as well as in the lives of the parents and staff at Unity. The scripture that goes with this theme is Galatians 5:13-14. The theme committee has selected two different images to promote the theme and scripture for the year.
As the summer was drawing to a close, Jeff VanderEide and the buildings and grounds committee recruited some help to get the school ready for students; a huge amount of work was done in a short period of time. There was a huge amount of work done to the exterior of the elementary school; trees and bushes were drastically pruned back and/or removed, walls were painted, and repairs were made. Inside the buildings, another smartboard was installed, computer labs were assembled and updated, more was painted and we had faithful volunteers on their hands and knees scrubbing in order to make sure everything was ready for the first day of school. Thank you so much to all those that contributed; you are a blessing.
That is not all we’ve had to be thankful for. We have also been blessed with an increase of students at Unity Christian School. On August 17, I announced that our K-12 enrollment had increased to 119. However, I believe the number today is 121. Ernie Dykstra and Barb Willoughby were also elected to the school board this summer. These things only scratch the surface of the blessings that God has brought upon the Christian school in Fulton. We’ve had our kick-off chapel, our junior/senior high retreat; both were great. The skit that the faculty put on was fantastic. There is much more that I hope to share with you in the coming weeks as we experience God’s grace upon the school this year. Therefore, we will be continually reminded that all the time, God is good!