When asked to define a hero, people may use words including strong, brave, super, big, powerful, saving, and invincible. When I asked the 7th graders the same thing, they responded with many of the same descriptions.
Eleven years ago West Side Christian School science teacher Brian Dyk suddenly passed away before his vision of using the school’s five-acre natural area as a learning environment was realized. He loved the intricacies and the beauty of science and he encouraged his students to see the Creator all around them. He would often say, “How can you look outside and not see God?!”
As a teacher, I can show my students videos about energy conservation and alternative energy, and we can read books and blogs and view websites about these topics. Those are all good ways to learn! But none of those provide the kind of learning our fourth and sixth graders experienced on a recent trip to Ludington’s Pumped Storage Plant and the Lake Winds Energy Park.
"This is the best STEM center ever!" a fifth-grade student was heard saying in the halls last Friday. As a teacher, I love it when my students enthusiastically embrace learning -- and they did just that last week.
To provide a quality Christ-centered education that teaches children of the West Side Christian community about every aspect of God's creation from a Reformed Christian perspective in a distinctly Christian environment, preparing them spiritually and academically to live as Christ's servants.