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Students connecting with….students
This group’s purpose is to reach across grades, groups, special needs, and cultures, striving to see others through God’s eyes. South Christian students help out by being a peer tutor, a lunch partner, planning Special Events, or just by being a friend. Why participate? To experience the joy of helping/serving others, to reach across boundaries, and to discover God-given gifts. What’s needed? Some time, concern for others, and willingness to reach out.
First Saturday in March
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sponsored by CLC Network, South Christian, and friends.
At South Christian High School we have a program called Connections for students with special needs connecting with other students. So what is Connections? According to a dictionary’s definition, “connections” are relationships with people, things, or ideas that are linked or associated with something else. You can see this definition being played out here, at South Christian. The Connections program includes special needs students as well as ordinary, average level students, including me. Connections has helped me become more involved in the school on a deeper level.
I have been involved in Connections since freshman year and have loved every minute of it. At first, I was a lunch partner, which consisted of eating lunch with my partner, Phillip Kuperus, and a couple of my friends. I began to develop a passion for special needs kids and became more involved in the Connections program by becoming a peer tutor. All I had to do was dedicate two study halls per week to helping a student in the program read, finish their homework, or learn a new concept. Now, as a senior, I am on Connections Council, which plans the events, such as the Connections Banquet, and serve as a Connections team leader, making sure all lunch partners do their part in including their partner.
At South Christian, the teachers play a huge part in this inclusive education. Mr. Huttenga was talking about it one day in Psych and he said that at first he was hesitant to integrate special needs students with general education students, but he is so thankful that he did. They have brought so much depth and perspective to his classes and took his teaching to the next level. Because of the impact of Connections and how accepting all of the teachers at South Christian are towards these special needs kids, I have decided to pursue teaching, specifically special education and elementary, as my career path. From what I can tell, teaching is a win-win occupation. The students receive an education and the teachers are blessed with the joy of watching their students grow throughout the year. Maybe in the future I’ll be able to come back to where my passion for the special education started, right here at South Christian High School.
Connections has been a huge, unexpected blessing in my high school life. Seeing my partner’s face light up when they finally understood a hard lesson, remembered how to say a vocabulary word that they could never remember, or play their favorite game once their homework was finished brought so much joy to my weeks. I was supposed to be teaching them their school work but I think I took away more than they did. My partners have taught me to love radically and passionately, putting myself wholeheartedly into everything I do. They’ve taught me to see people as they are and not to be quick to judgement. These individuals are so special in so many ways that I am so thankful to call them my peers, but not only that, my friends.
Jenna VanderLaan (South Christian Senior 2016)
This organization is a Christian ministry whose purpose is to communicate the gospel message to young people. A weekly Monday night club meeting is held in the Media Center at South Christian at 8:00 p.m. and a Campaigners meeting is held on Friday mornings at 7:00 a.m. for Bible study. Winter and summer camps are also an available part of this Christ committed ministry.
Campaigners is part of the Young Life organization. Students meet each Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. for large group worship followed by small group Bible study led by seniors. About 150 students attend Campaigners each week.
For the first half of our fall Community Day, staff and students travel from school to more than 40 sites throughout the area to do community service. They work for non-profit ministries, camps, schools, retirement communities, and many other individuals and organizations. The two hour window spent at most of the service sites is short, but it is typically long enough for both the givers and the receivers to be blessed. After returning to school, staff and students continue to celebrate community with the afternoon Mixer.
On a Saturday each September, the Sports Park is filled with football players, cheerleaders, pep band members and many fans to help over 50 people with needs enjoy a memorable day as either a football player or cheerleader. Each participant is paired with a South Christian student and given a chance to score a touchdown or cheer the players to victory.