Smiles, Laughter, Glitter, and Hugs

October 24, 2019

An Update on Galilee Christian School

by Amy Utterback

 

Hi! I have the honor of being the director of Galilee Christian School.  

We have begun our fifth school year this year and are currently serving roughly 100 families through our preschool and after-school care programs.   When we first opened our doors at the start of the 2015 school year, the school was only half the size it is today.  We have a strong reputation in the community and our advertising budget get smaller as a result.  Most of our students now come to us based on referrals.  

So much of what we do in preschool and after-care is about building bridges and making connections, both with our students and with their families.  Our school brings together students from different cultures and walks of life and Galilee’s support allows our staff to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community as we lay the foundations blocks of faith and learning for these children.  Over the years, the support of the church has allowed us to provide care and comfort to students who have lost a parent, to families going through divorce, and to those facing financial hardship.  

Working with the children here at Galilee also sparks a great deal of joy for our staff.  I often say I have the best job here because I get to work with the best people.  Our after-care and preschool staff truly love the students they work with and have even been known to attend the kids’ school and sporting events, not because they have to, but because they want to.  Recently, several of our teachers attend the baseball game of two former students and the after-care staff will frequently attend events at the local elementary schools to support our students.  

Our preschool and after-care days are filled with smiles, laughter, glitter, and a lot of hugs.  Just the other day, I was passing by a classroom and happened to see and hear one of students (who happened to be having a very challenging day) run up to his teacher, give her a great, big hug, and say “I really love you.”  Those are the moments that make it all worthwhile 

Thank you, Galilee, for the support of this ministry.