WCS in the Era of COVID-19
Practically overnight, everything changed.
On Thursday, March 12, the WCS leadership team made the hard decision to postpone our Spring Gala (scheduled for the next evening) due to Governor Carney's declaration of a State of Emergency, which included guidance to avoid crowds of 100 or more people.
Within 24 hours, we made the announcement to parents that due to COVID-19, we would need to pivot to all distance-based teaching and learning. A lot can happen in 24 hours!
Teachers jumped on an aggressive learning curve to transition to video-based instruction, with only two weeks to do so. Students were suddenly home with all their school supplies and their families, and away from the their friends. WCS leadership meetings moved to video, and sports seasons came to a screeching halt.
School is still very much in session for our K-12 students, even though the school building is closed.
Teachers are faithfully providing authentic learning experiences for our students, and this unexpected pivot is teaching us how we can extend our reach, be more nimble, and deliver learning in different ways. These are all things we have known we need to do in order to flourish in the future.
I guess we just weren't expecting the future to come so fast.
At the same time, we grieve with those who grieve. Many families have been profoundly impacted by COVID-19. From loss of income to loss of loved ones, people are suffering deeply. We are not unaware of this suffering, and we are compelled to love another better and intercede more fervently.
Thankfully, this is just a season. It's a hard one, but it is temporary.
We can look at the transient nature of COVID-19 in a few ways.
- This iteration of the coronavirus will run its course and eventually peter out. Economies will recover or retool, WCS and churches will get back to normal, and families will regain their footing. It will be hard, and for some, it will be REALLY hard. But it will pass.
- The pandemic reminds us of a bigger truth, though. All of this life is transient, meaning that one day all of creation will witness the unspeakable freedom of the glory of the children of God (Romans 8:21). This present creational groaning will pass away when the Lord fully redeems His children and we are ushered in fullness into His eternal Kingdom.
Truth #1 can give hope (mixed with realism) for today or for the next school year. However, Truth #2 is hope for our entire lives.
As we walk through Holy Week apart yet together, we will all do well to remember that the Lord "will be the stability of our times" (Isaiah 33:6), both for now and for eternity. Christ's resurrection offers access to the ultimate in stability: His Spirit living in us to guide and direct us along life's journey. I can't imagine not being a Christ-follower in these uncertain and unsettling times!
I was encouraged to read one WCS middle school student's assessment of our current situation--an assessment that shows evidence that this student knows both Truth #1 and Truth #2.
"I think this will be a good experience for all of us,
and might even make some of us more mature and independent.
But, we can't forget that God will help us through this process."
Dr. Roger Erdvig
That's some sound advice from a young Godly influencer!
One way to love well during the COVID-19 quarantine is to give generously. Many WCS families are already dealing with job loss and struggling financially. On top of economic hardships, they are burdened by trying to figure out how they will keep their children in a Christian school environment. If you are in a position to help WCS families with needs including tuition payments, please consider giving to our benevolence efforts. All donations to WCS are tax deductible, and provisions in the federal CAREs Act raise the limits on charitable giving, making now a doubly good time to give.
For more information about giving for families in need during the COVID-19 crisis, contact Mrs. Fetterman, WCS Associate Headmaster, at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Or, to give right away, visit the WCS giving page
and mark your gift for "Benevolence."
Focus on Students and Alumni
Wilmington Christian School’s Advanced Placement and Honors Art classes participated in a humanitarian portrait project. Their specific group of portraits are of children in Russia and former USSR countries who are abandoned or orphaned.
These portraits help the children feel valued and important, show them that many people care about their wellbeing, and provide them with a special childhood memory for the future. Since 2004, The Memory Project has coordinated the delivery of 160,000+ portraits to children in 55 countries.
Amongst a field of 60 competitive teams, the Wilmington Christian School Science Olympiad team
did phenomenally at the State Championship. Emma D. and Ava K. won the State Championship in "Wright Stuff "(airplane). (They have won this 3 years in a row.) Jeremy B. and Ransom B. won 4th place in "Fossils," and Elliot D. and Jonah T. won 6th place in "Gravity Vehicle."
WCS Alumni Jim ('90) and Karen (Emerson, '91) Weaver adapted this creative diagram as a spiritual and emotional "self-checkup" during the COVID-19 crisis
. To download a pdf version for your own use, CLICK HERE.
2020 Spring Gala to be Rescheduled
Plans are being made to reschedule the 2020 Spring Gala and pivot the event into a virtual gathering, where you will be able to hear more about WCS's progress and how the WCS mission will continue to take shape in the next few years. We will also honor our 2020 Distinguished Alumni award recipient, Mr. Bill Harden.
Details of the rescheduled date/time will be released soon, along with important information for ticket-holders and sponsors.