Dear Parents,

Summer is here and I hope each of you are enjoying the time off from the stress of the school year. Here at school, we are getting things ready for the upcoming year. We are still hopeful for the grant money to come in but now from our sources, the agency that could give us the money is not making any decisions till this coming August. Please keep that decision in your prayer list.

I am including a list of activities to keep the kids busy during these long July and August days. Please read through them and see what might make the days a bit more enjoyable.

We are still looking for students especially in the grades of Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First and Second grades. If you can provide us with a lead to a new family we will credit your account with a paid last months tuition. If you don’t know of a family at this time, please make this your top priority for your prayer list. Having the correct number of students is not only a good thing, it is financially necessary. I know God has great things lined up for us in the future.

I recently read another wonderful article about how the simplest act of reading is the most powerful thing a child can do. Because it calls into play several different areas of the brain, reading is more neurobiologically demanding than processing images or speech. Watching a movie or listening to books on tape will work out and expand your brain but not at the same level that reading can. Even as you’re reading this letter, for example, parts of your brain that have evolved over time for other functions, such as vision and language, are connecting in a specific neural pathway for reading. Look at an MRI scan of the brain during reading, and you’ll see an abundance of activity.

Want to work out this summer, read!

In Gratitude,

Stephen Stokes

Download the full PDF version: Echo, Vol 3, Summer, 2017