Column: WCS marks 20 years at current Eleanor Street location
By TERESA WIDBOOM, Worthington Christian School
WORTHINGTON — March has been such a long month. Winter is desperately trying to hang on while spring is just waiting to burst forth. The glimpses of sunshine and the temps reaching above 40 are cause for celebration!
I enjoy watching the students outside at recess with their coats flung to the side, running and laughing. This is my second favorite time of year (nothing beats harvest for this Midwest girl). The promise of new life, fresh beginnings, budding sprouts and colorful tulips make me anxious for the beauty of God’s creation to present itself.
March has also become a month of reflection. The faithfulness of God has overwhelmed me during the past month. While the months, seasons and years change, God’s faithfulness in my life and in the life of this school I love so much has been ever-present. The faithfulness of the Worthington Christian School parents and society is a blessing to witness and to be a part of. I receive notes, phone calls, texts and emails sharing words of encouragement and reflections on the life and history of the school. We are a family working faithfully together for the God we serve.
Recently an email from Mr. Stan Sprik popped in my inbox. Mr. Sprik was the principal and a teacher at WCS from 1968-1995. A few times a year Mr. Sprik will send an interesting fact or tidbit of information to pass along. Once a teacher, always a teacher!
His last email touched my heart so deeply. He had also spent time reflecting on God’s faithfulness to Worthington Christian. Friday, March 14, marked the 20th anniversary of classes being held in our building at 1770 Eleanor St. (WCS was established in 1950 and was previously located on Johnson Street.) Twenty years in this building spent educating and nurturing these covenant youths to be bold in their faith and their love of the Lord. The following are Mr. Sprik’s reflections on March 14, 1994:
“It was a busy week with society members coming to the school in the evenings to move smaller items and supplies. Teachers were packing school classroom materials and marking the boxes, desks and chairs with room numbers. When school was dismissed at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 1994, volunteers arrived to carry everything out to two Schaap Moving vans parked by the front and back doors. All was in the rooms by early evening. On Saturday the teachers unpacked and arranged their rooms where they already had bulletin boards and smaller things in place. Monday, March 14, was the big, long-awaited day. We gathered at the familiar school site as usual, had devotions, gathered around the flag for the salute, lowered the flag and moved up the sidewalk walking in twos to our new place of study. We were escorted by Officer Kirk Schelhaas to assist us in crossing Oxford at Douglas Street. It was a nice morning, a great event, a happy day. It is hard to believe it’s already 20 years ago. Much has happened at the Eleanor Street location. God has been good, his people have been faithful and we continue to see God’s favor on our efforts. Let us rejoice and be glad. I am thankful and privileged to be part of that great event.”
How I wish I could have been a part of that day! I began my teaching career at WCS in 1996 and loved hearing the stories of moving day. I leave you with the words to a favorite hymn running through my mind. “Summer and winter and spring-time and harvest, sun, moon and stars in their courses above join with all nature in manifold witness to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed they hand hath provided. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!”
Teresa Widboom is on the WCS Promotions Committee.