On March 14th, HCA hosted the third Terrific Kids and Jammin’ for Jesus Chapel service of the school year. Once every nine weeks, students in grades K-5 are given the opportunity to sign up and share the special talents God has given them. This particular celebration featured fourteen talented students in ten different acts ranging from dances, to piano solos, to vocal performances. For fifth graders Lexi Sawvel and Lily Powell this would be their final Jammin’ for Jesus performance. Next year, they will move on as sixth graders where new and different opportunities will open up for them; however, they will miss these special chapel services that they’ve grown accustomed to over the last six years. Lily shared, "No one can explain the breathtaking feeling of walking offstage and having not just an audience of friends clapping for you, but a family. My HCA lower school family helped me understand that I shouldn't be afraid to sing for the Lord. I will miss them exceedingly, but I will never forget my years in lower school. The Bible teaches, ‘For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.’ 2 Timothy 1:7.”
Lexi echoed Lily’s words saying, "The feeling of singing and performing in front of my friends is indescribable! I think that God's plan for me is to perform and sing and dance on stage. These chapel performances have prepared me for upcoming opportunities by showing me what it's like to speak and perform on stage in front of friends. I'm going to miss lower school chapels because they are a big part of my childhood school memories! Proverbs 3:6 says, ‘Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.’”
K-2 walked next door for a field trip to wrap up a unit on life cycles in the STREAM Lab. We have talked the life cycles of butterflies and bees for a couple of weeks.
Coach Steven Paylor, an HCA alumni and teacher, did a great job of explaining what he does as a beekeeper. They have learned there are four stages are of a honeybee: egg, larvae, pupa and adult bee. Honeybees live in a hive. There is only one queen and she lays about 1,500 eggs per day, hundreds of drones, and 40,000-60,000 worker bees all live in one hive. Bees generally travel from 2-4 miles from their hive to gather nectar and pollen to make honey. Honeybees die after they sting someone, they not only leave their stinger behind, but part of their abdomen. We also learned that honey is the only food that never goes to the bad…if it crystallizes, you can heat it in the microwave and it is fine to use again.
They played a relay race game – build the hive with an empty hive and bee catchers hat… each class ran their own race to see who could reassemble the hive first. Each teacher was given a jar of honey to share with their class when returning to school.
We have also been learning about butterflies and have been watching, journaling and drawing pictures of the different stages of a butterfly. Out caterpillar larvae emerged over Easter break from their cocoons and we had 5 butterflies to release today. We came back to school and had a short devotion about how the butterfly symbolizes the “rebirth” we can all experience just by asking Jesus into our hearts. The children and teachers were all excited when we released the butterflies and they flew of for their “new” life.
Harrells Christian Academy Senior Cade Hancock has been selected as a member of the East squad for the 4th Annual Tarheel Cup which will take place at River Landing Golf Club in Wallace, NC on May 17-19th. This statewide all-star type event showcases the best golfers of the 2019 Senior class with the East and West squads competing in a Ryder Cup- style format. In 2017, Hancock was recognized as a member of the NCISAA 2A All-State Golf team. He currently ranks second in the state for 2019. Hancock comments, "I'm really excited to get to play this type of match. It should be fun because I know some of my teammates. I have played against them before in individual junior tournaments, so it will be a great experience to be on a team with them. I am grateful for this opportunity to represent my school and make my coach proud."
Over Spring break the deAndrade family (David, Marcia, Will, and Josh) visited a school in Ahuachapan, El Salvador called " La Atarraya” ,a Christian mission run by Bob and Marie Hamilton. David first visited the school in 2014 with a missions group through Correct Craft and upon returning to the states, he felt a calling to work with the school and started a non-profit called 828Networks. (www.828networks.org)
The deAndrades visited the school as a family in 2016, and David and Will returned for a visit in 2018. For this latest trip, the family was on the ground for six days distributing donations of baby clothing and art supplies. The baby clothes were taken to the local hospital (the Francisco Menendez) for new mothers. The art supplies will be used at the La Atarraya as well as Escuela de Educacacion Especial in Ahuachapan which is a government run school for special needs children. Students from La Atarraya and our family took gifts and a cake as a special treat for the students at the government school. One of the biggest hits was the sidewalk chalk the deAndrades donated to the students; they had never played with it before!
During the visit, the deAndrades also packed bags of food for distribution in the local communities. All of the food is shipped in from donations centers such as Rise in Raleigh, North Carolina and delivered twice a month to local communities in El Salvador. Marcia packed 223 total bags of food, and Will and Josh walked with students from La Atarraya through the communities delivering packages home to home.
Other days were spent helping out in classrooms at La Atarraya in PreK, English, or Will’s favorite, recess! Also, David typically incorporates something with technology as part of his mission. In 2016 the family took a 3d printer for the school's design center and installed a 1.8M satellite dish to provide internet for the school. On this trip, the technical project was helping with the school's security by installing a modern 11 camera video system which the missionaries can view live at the school or anywhere in the world from their phone.