It seems like this school year just started, but our Enrollment Team is already gearing up for re-enrollment for next year! I often wish we could press the pause button for a bit so the year doesn’t fly by so quickly. We need time to enjoy each day. It is easy in Admissions always to be focused on maintaining the forward momentum of growth and getting new students into our school. However, as I spend more time learning about the world of school enrollment, I have come to recognize the equally important privilege of appreciating the families we already have and the blessing of our LCS community.
Right before the Thanksgiving break, we hosted one of the largest events that we have on our campus each year . We welcomed more than 500 grandparents and grandfriends for a morning visit with their students. I am always amazed at the number of guests for this event and for their dear expressions of appreciation as they visit our classrooms. Grandparents are a precious resource for our school, offering a wealth of wisdom and experience. We are so grateful for those who spend time throughout the year serving in many ways on campus.
I was particularly struck by a comment one teacher made at the end of our Grandparents Day. She said, “We had a room full of grandparents crying!” This made me nervous, because we certainly don’t want to upset our grandparents. But then she went on to describe, like so many other scenarios on our campus, what exemplifies the spirit of our school family. In this particular grade level, the teachers wanted to share with the guests what their grandchildren do each day in their class worship time. So students, along with their grandparents/friends, gathered in a circle and held hands while they sang songs and prayed. “There was hardly a dry eye in the room!”
We are grateful for the privilege of partnering with families – grandparents and all – who desire Christian schooling and want their students to live out our mission of “education in the light of God’s Word”. As I reflect on the blessing of our school community, it once again turns my focus back outward towards those in the greater Lakeland community who I would love to invite to join us.
This post was written by Julie Rice, LCS Director of Enrollment. If you are interested in LCS, please feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.