Giving Back. It's What We Do.
VisionWay Christian School (VCS) staff is honored to be able to teach students from a Biblical worldview. It is a mission which provides the foundation for all that occurs within the walls of the school. Lessons about God, His character, and His plan for each person He has uniquely created are woven into every class, subject and activity at VisionWay. But more than imparting a head knowledge about who God is, the staff at VCS works to develop a living faith in the students. Experiential learning is the norm at VisionWay and this hands-on learning approach applies to Bible as well.
To fulfill the mission of developing students morally, intellectually, physically, socially, and spiritually so they will become responsible, godly members of their families, churches, and communities, the staff at VisionWay works to provide learning experiences in which the students can apply the biblical principles that are taught daily. From as early as preschool through the oldest students in eighth grade, service projects which minister to the Taylorville community are incorporated into the Bible classes at VCS. Each grade at VisionWay works to complete several projects throughout the academic year.
Mrs. Hubbartt’s third grade class and the newly formed student council in the junior high recently donated time and effort toward two worthy causes. Mrs. Hubbartt’s class partnered with a local chapter of the American Red Cross to collect and assemble hygiene packets for distribution in a community that experiences an emergency. A partnership with the Red Cross was firmly established last year around this time when Christian County residents were tragically affected by the flooding that occurred. Seeing a need, VisionWay students collected items such as cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods, raised funds, and even physically worked at the food pantry that was set up in conjunction with the Red Cross disaster relief efforts. While local residents have not been recently affected by a natural disaster, taking time to help with emergency preparedness for our community was a great lesson in providing for those who are hurting.
The VCS student council members also picked a project in which they could assist in providing for people who are less fortunate. The students collected plastic bags to be used in constructing mats for the homeless population in Sangamon and Christian Counties. The students actively promoted their project through the VCS Facebook page and by passing out flyers to parents and grandparents of students in the parking lot at dismissal time. Collection occurred over several weeks of both February and March and the students received enough bags to fill two large garbage bins. Phase two of the project is now underway as the bags have been given to a group of women who are hand-weaving the plastic bags together to make comfortable, waterproof and lightweight mats. Once this phase is finished, the VisionWay students will work in partnership with the Taylorville Christian Church Senior High Youth Group to distribute the mats to those in need.
Gaining knowledge in math and science is invaluable, and the advanced curriculum at VisionWay serves the students well in this area. However, it is service projects and opportunities to demonstrate the love of Jesus that best teach our students how to follow Christ’s example and to live a life that impacts our families, churches, and communities in positive and godly ways.