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Column: WCS prioritizes faith, family well-being

WORTHINGTON -- Praise God, most everyone is back to good health at Worthington Christian School! One of the many benefits of our small Christian school is its priority of faith and family well-being. Just two weeks ago WCS closed its doors for two days due to overwhelming illness in our building, which forced nearly 35 percent of the student body absent the day before the closing. It was most definitely in the students' and staff's best interest to spend a couple days resting and replenishing minds and bodies, allowing for proper sanitization of the building and waiting for the nasty bug to pass. We are so grateful it did.

At WCS students from 11 different local churches, representing six denominations, spend their days with like-minded people who have a positive influence on their future. Teachers are equipped to provide the counsel and encouragement that is so crucial in the early learning years. Teachers become mentors, preparing students for a positive and productive life by nurturing character and investing in the heart of each child, all while facilitating the highest quality education. Students thrive best in an environment that matches their true values.

WCS students have the opportunity to take their faith to the next level by integrating prayer into their daily classroom activities with our school's monthly prayer calendar. This tool allows us to offer special prayers for specific people in our school each day and focus on what makes each individual special in God's eyes. The prayer calendar helps us recognize our unique, God-given talents and challenges us to be more like Christ. In addition to the students, WCS staff members attend three weekly prayer gatherings where they join together in prayer to share the joys, challenges and concerns of each school day.

As we begin a new year, Worthington Christian School continues a lasting effort to not only inform the minds of our youths, but to renew their minds. "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:2)

Teresa Widboom is a Worthington Christian School parent and classroom volunteer.