Annual Fund Letter
Families and Friends of Community Christian School,
Now in our twenty-first 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. 84 of our middle & high school students and faculty went on life-changing mission trips last year. CCS students raised over $18,500 supporting 20 local and international missions and ministries. Our high school students recorded 11,132 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 51 graduates from the Class of 2017 earned over 5.5 million dollars in college scholarships and tuition opportunities. These graduates have already earned 645 semester hours of transferable college credit while in high school at CCS (that’s 215 college-level courses)! We currently offer 25 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 parents as the state of Georgia pays for the Dual Enrollment portion of these college-level classes.
We recently received our Certificate of Occupancy for our athletic fields, and were able to hold football practices on the fields this fall. Our scoreboard will be going up soon, followed by installation of our bleachers. We’ll be playing Soccer on those fields in February. We still have more to do, but we have built our fields without going into debt. Our next goal is to raise funds for lights on the fields.
Athletics continue to flourish at CCS! We had 463 students participate on 22 different athletic teams last year. CCS won Varsity state championships in Football, Men’s Soccer, Baseball and Volleyball, and a state championship in Middle School Football, along with several additional regional, final four and state runner-up awards. Our Girls Volleyball has already won the Varsity Volleyball state championship again this year, and at the time of this email, we’re still undefeated in football and in the state semi-finals.
In Fine Arts, our Band took first place in the GICAA Instrumental Music Competition. We had first place winners in Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation and Girls’ Trio at the Spring Literary Meet. Our Middle School Small Group took first place at the state Choral Competition. Our Visual Arts Team won first place in Sculpture at the Visual Arts Competition. CCS competes and excels in all areas of GICAA Fine Arts as well as other professional 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 to upgrade our educational programs, continue ongoing faculty professional development, and add lights to our athletic fields. 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 through 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Development Director Becky Dean (email@example.com).