Summer has arrived. Well, the rain and the cooler temperatures are trying to convince us that we missed summer, but the activities, summer school, and visiting groups are brightening our gloomy rainy days!
Our kids go to school year-round. For many of our students, summer is a time for credit recovery as they can earn a full semester of work in the summer. For the students who are on target with their school credits, the summer program offers electives such as Photography, Independent Living, and we even have a young man taking Polish as a foreign language. And Mrs. Terhune always adds an hour for activity every day to give the kids some fun time during the school day. The kids have enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, gardening, reading, and even just going outside to play. Summer school is awesome!
Our community has an event every summer, “Chalk the Walk,” where different organizations and families purchase a space of the sidewalk around the downtown to chalk. We asked our kids to create a design and three girls went downtown and chalked our logo on the sidewalk. It was a wonderful way for our kids to be part of the community and they did an awesome job!
Another thing we love about summer is Visiting Groups. We appreciate the time different groups give to help around campus. There are so many tasks on the “To Do” list and we rely on their assistance to get things accomplished.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, September 19th for our Annual Day/Open House Day. Come visit us and bring all your friends and family! It’s a perfect day to see the mission you are supporting!
May was an incredible month on campus, full of activity and excitement!
Two of our lovely ladies finished their High School journey on May 27th . It was an honor to watch them graduate! They have both overcome many obstacles in their lives to reach this pivotal moment and we are so proud of both of them.
The first Day of Prayer and Giving for Shults-Lewis ended the month for us. It was our goal to have every individual and every congregation to pray for the kids and staff of Shults-Lewis as well as raise $50,000 for some much needed updates in the gymnasium. We are still getting the reports back from churches and individuals about how their Days went. If you have any information on your or your congregation’s involvement, please e-mail me!
Athletic or not, all the kids enjoyed Field Day on the last day of regular school. It was a beautiful day and the kids participated in various events and relays. The highlight of Field Day is always the Staff vs Kids Softball game. Rest assured, the staff stand undefeated with their victory of 19-3. What a fun day!
Throw in a RailCats baseball game field trip (thanks to all of those boxtops), the Strengths Banquet, an AWSL benefit auction, a group from Illinois who helped paint and clean up the flower beds, and May was gone in the blink of an eye.
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All in a day’s work?!?!?! In April, several of the administration team were able to attend the CCFSA (Christian Child & Family Services Association) Conference in Searcy, Arkansas. What an awesome opportunity to learn more about child care and get the proverbial “shot in the arm” of renewal from fellowshipping with other Christian agencies. It is also an opportunity to spend time with former employees who have moved to other agencies. And I will admit that there was a lot of fun and laughter throughout the days away.
But as usual, it was wonderful to get back home to the kids. As you have already seen in the Telegram, we held our annual Spelling Bee. As someone who constantly relies on spell check and my wonderful proofreading mom, I sit in awe as our kids spelled words such as “babushka” and “superfluous”. It took over an hour and pulling out an extra list of words to finally crown Hannah the winner!
The kids participated in a community Earth Day activity. The community had rain barrels that schools could buy and paint. Mrs. Chowning, our English teacher, worked with the kids to sand, design, and paint the rain barrel. I hope you come to Annual Day on Saturday, September 19th to see it and bid on it in our auction!
You should’ve received your information regarding our Day of Prayer and Giving for Shults-Lewis on May 31st. I am really counting on you to promote this in all the congregations. If you need more information, please let me know.
It is amazing to watch the changes in the lives of children and their families. Thank you for being a part of this ministry!
I stared at the blank screen for a long time before I finally gave up and asked for help. I asked Kiana, my assistant, “I’m working on the Helping Hands update. What exactly happened on campus in March?” She laughed and said, “Ms. Beth, Phone Campaign!!! We weren’t here in March.” I’m so glad she said that because I was starting to worry about my memory as I was drawing a complete blank on campus activities.
The Phone Campaign is the entire world of Development in March. I am so thankful for all the prayers you have offered up for this campaign and for the financial situation of Shults-Lewis. The Phone Campaign was a great success! THANK YOU!!!
As I checked around with the houseparents and teachers, apparently I missed quite a bit of campus activities. Mrs. Terhune had an awesome PI Day celebration. (And by the way, she did not save any for the traveling Development Department!)
We had a college group from Arkansas visit. I blamed them for the four inches of snow that fell that day. They spent their day preparing Change Cans for mailing and their evening making Phone Calls for the Phone Campaign. Between the cans and the calls, we were able to fire up the grill and they enjoyed dinner and volleyball with all of the kids.
I am very excited as I look over the summer schedule and see so many more activities and groups visiting. Feel free to come visit anytime!! I’d love to show you around.
As always, be praying for our need of houseparents! We have a waiting list for kids. Pray diligently for mission minded houseparents to come our way.
And as I know you do, pray for our children. On top of that list, be sure to be praying for Banita and Pandora who will be graduating in May! They have overcome so much in their time with us and we are so excited about God’s plans for their futures!