Annual Fund Letter
Families and Friends of Community Christian School,
Now in our 22nd year, the Lord continues to bless Community Christian School! Our mission is to introduce students to Christ, develop Christian character through spiritually dynamic and academically challenging programs, while preparing them to be Godly leaders who will make a difference for Christ. I’d like to share some of our successes with you.
We saw a number of students accept Christ as their savior and grow in fellowship with the Lord. CCS strives to emphasize a Christ-centered education through Biblical integration in our classes, the study of God’s Word, service to others, prayer and worship, missions and mentoring students to live for Christ. CCS students raised over $16,500 supporting 17 local and international missions and ministries. Our seniors performed 19,736 documented hours of community service, helping and serving others whom are in need. We thank God for the lessons our students are learning for life.
CCS continues to accentuate academics through our college-preparatory curriculum. Our 60 graduates from the Class of 2018 earned over 8.7 million dollars in college scholarships and tuition opportunities. 74% of the Class of 2018 earned the Hope Scholarship or the Zell Miller Scholarship.
Some of the universities they were accepted to were the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Mississippi, Mercer, Auburn, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, West Georgia, Clemson, Oberlin College, LSU, Kennesaw State, NEw HAven, Pepperdine, NYU, VCU, St. Johns, Notre Dame, Hawaii Pacific, and a number of other prestigious universities.
These graduates earned 489 semester hours of transferable college credit while in high school at CCS! We currently offer 30 different college-level courses on campus for our high school students through the ACCEL Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement programs! This is extremely beneficial for our students (and their parents) as the state of Georgia pays for the Dual Enrollment portion of these college-level classes.
CCS Athletics and Fine Arts continue to flourish! We had 295 students participate on 51 different athletic teams last year. Varsity Volleyball, Varsity Football, and Varsity Boys Soccer all repeated as GICAA state champions. CCS earned the GICAA Division 1 Athletic Achievement Award given to the school with the best overall winning record.
Our Middle School was named the GICAA Academic Middle School of the Year. They won the GICAA Geography Bee, the GICAA Spelling Bee, and the GICAA Math Bowl.
CCS HS Band once again took first place in the GICAA Instrumental Music Competition. CCS HS Chorus won the top honors for GICAA Small Ensemble and Large Ensemble. Numerous CCS HS students earned 1st places in a variety of individual literary, instrumental and visual arts competitions. CCS competes and excels in all areas of GICAA Fine Arts as well as other competitive competitions.
I want to thank all our donors for the sacrificial giving made by investing in the lives of CCS students. In order for CCS to continue impacting students, we are asking for your continued assistance. We need your help as we continue upgrading our educational programs, as we expand our extra-curricular programs, as we continue ongoing faculty in-service and training programs, and as we continue to grow our technology department.
Attached is information on our Annual Fund. I am asking for your help as we continue to move forward. Please prayerfully contemplate our needs and what the Lord has placed on your heart. We ask everyone to participate through prayers, volunteering and contributions. All contributions made though our Annual Fund are tax deductible and will be used to further the educational experiences of our students. Thank you in advance for your consideration as we look to the Lord for the training of tomorrow’s leaders for Christ.
God bless you,
Annual Fund FAQs
WHERE DOES ANNUAL FUND MONEY GO?
Donors set the direction of their particular gifts. Options include:
The discretion of the Headmaster.
Specific area of school need for the current year as determined by the Headmaster.
Professional Development/Continuing Education
Other areas as directed by donors.
WHAT SORT OF GIVING COUNTS AS AN “ANNUAL GIFT?”
All giving, cash, in-kind giving, materials, etc. counts toward the annual fund goals. Budgets are based on an estimated amount of cash giving plus the value of other forms of giving (PTO, Sponsorships, etc.).
WHAT IS THE MOST HELPFUL MEANS OF GIVING?
Cash gifts directed to the discretion of the Headmaster are the most flexible, allowing monies to be directed to where the need is greatest; however, all giving makes a positive difference.
WE’RE ALREADY PROVIDING SUBSTANTIAL DOLLARS THROUGH TUITION AND FEES. WHY IS MORE NEEDED?
Any quality academic institution relies on support above and beyond tuition. Annual giving provides a means of lifting the school above the minimum programs of classrooms, teachers, library, and activities and leads us into the realm of maximum excellence. As you can see from this year’s Headmaster’s Priorities, great schools offer advanced technology equipment, outstanding athletic programs, and resources to develop their teachers. Our school could operate without these extras, but we choose to include these additional resources in our continuing quest for excellence.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ANNUAL FUND?
For more information, please contact Headmaster Fred Banke (email@example.com) or Development Director Becky Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org).