Dear Friends of HCA -
The history of independent schools and philanthropy is a long one. An independent school like Harrells Christian Academy is often referred to as a "family," and Harrells certainly fits that bill. Even in my short time here, I certainly have felt the warmth and support of this family. I like to think of a school like ours as an "intentional community," a community that has passion and purpose and is working toward a specific goal. Our goal is our mission: Excellence in education through Christian motivation. It is a lofty goal, an exciting goal, even a little bit of an intimidating goal - but it is a goal that we know if achieved can succeed in changing lives, and in changing the world.
I know that we also have a history of asking for your support, both in time and treasure, and the parents, grandparents, friends, and alums of HCA have always come out in full force. It is not always easy to ask for help, but our goals are too high to not reach as we can. Unfortunately, the tuition dollars we collect only account for between 85% and 90% of our operating budget. This is not a situation that is unique to Harrells; it is true of most private, independent schools across the country, including all of the schools in eastern North Carolina. In order to build our programs and continue to help our students grow in knowledge and in faith, we need additional support. This support can come in many ways.
The gift of time is precious. We have an active Parent-Teacher Association, and active Booster Club, and a developing Alumni Association. Parents and alumni volunteer to work events, help out at concession stands, speak in classrooms or in chapel, and chaperone when needed. We are grateful for those efforts, and look forward to your continued partnership.
The school also needs your finacial support. In this "Giving" portion of our website, we hope that you can find something that can work for you as you consider a finacial contribution to the school. Our primary method of giving is The Fund for HCA, an annual fund made up of unrestricted donations that give the school the flexibility to hire and retain great teachers, build curriculum, develop new co-curricular programs and support established ones, and provide excellent facilities for learning. In addition, our donors support our 5K for Technology, Candy Cane Lane, Spring Fling, and our Athletic Booster Club. We greatly appreciate your past support, and look forward to continuing to work with you to build and maintain the best HCA possible.
Finally, continue to pray for us. We know that you do already, but we are also aware that all that we do is made possible because God has a mission for us and He has put us in this place, at this school between two cornfields that somehow manages to be a city on a hill.
If I can answer any questions or if you would like to meet to discuss HCA and its furture, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
Kevin M. Kunst