School has begun, and we have a fantastic group of students! Over the coming year we fully expect that students will discover joy for living as they are immersed in this Christian community, experience the surprise of meeting high academic standards, and learn how to live in harmony with others. We are breaking new ground with them as they participate in the Oakdale ministry!
The Oakdale staff is committed to quality service, demonstrating resourcefulness despite having small budgets. What a joy it is to see professional people who can find ways to deliver quality instruction and a positive and lively dorm and recreational life by using their God-given abilities to inspire and instruct! Put a teacher who loves history, math, science, or English in a room with the tools of instruction, initiative, and the technology of computers and a Smartboard, and you will find students who find out that they, too, can love learning.
Daily, I am impressed by the teachers, dorm parents, and support staff who pour the investment of love, experience, and knowledge into the lives of our students. Their work is reflected in the lives that are touched by the Oakdale ministry.
As we look ahead, we are preparing to break ground on our new girls’ dormitory, which is part of our Breaking New Ground Comprehensive Campaign. This October 5 celebration will be a great moment for Oakdale Christian Academy as we see years of planning and fundraising come to fruition. Although we need to raise an additional $400,000, this first stage of construction is exciting as we take steps toward providing housing for future generations of Oakdale students.
The support of our donor friends means so much in the financial assistance and in helping us know that we have true partners on the Oakdale team!