NCS Annual Jog-A-Thon

Dear NCS family,

As we prepare for our annual Jog-a-thon campaign, I am excited to report that Northwest Christian School is on the verge of some very dramatic changes on our campus that will work to improve our students’ educational experience. But, as enthusiastic as I am about these changes, my greatest excitement stems from the fact that we are moving forward in a manner that allows us to make these changes without accruing debt. This means paying for these campus improvements as we go with cash. Though it requires patience and planning, avoiding construction debt is what makes our school such a sound investment for the families who sacrifice so significantly to provide NCS for their children. It allows us to keep our tuition comparatively low while providing the best-valued, Christ-centered academic, arts, and athletic programs available.

As we begin to look forward, the first change that our families will see is the construction of our new kitchen starting in May 2017. If the project stays on schedule, this new state-of-the-art kitchen will be fully operational when school resumes this fall. While planning this project, we have also assembled a committee of construction-industry professionals who are working to develop plans that will improve our lunch area. As soon as we have finalized plans, I am looking forward to relaying both the scope of this second project and its timeline. All the while, we are working towards what I believe is our most vital project: construction of a two-story classroom building. This building will finally allow us to retire the oldest modular classrooms on campus and replace them with classrooms that are more comfortable, effective, and sustainable. Through the Jog-a-thon 2017 campaign, we will be assigning 80% of the net funding that the Lord provides to make sure we can build these buildings without debt.

Classroom technology will also enjoy ten percent of the net funding that we receive. I have been thrilled to see the advances in the school’s tech program over the last few years: every high school student now receives an individual iPad to facilitate curriculum and instruction (with new iPads coming this fall), middle school classrooms have access to both iPad and laptop carts, elementary classrooms have been equipped with the latest and safest digital technologies, and even our preschool students have access to new instructional technology. In short, the annual Jog-a-thon has helped to establish Northwest Christian as a scholastic tech leader. Looking forward to the new school year, we are planning to combine a portion of our Jog-a-thon proceeds with existing curriculum budgets to move our STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs forward exponentially.

As has been the case for the last seven years, we are committing the balance of our Jog-a-thon funding to creating student ministry opportunities to teach and equip our students to be world-changers. Each year, this funding is divided between the grade levels and used so that our students can invest themselves for God’s glory with grade-level specific ministry partners around the state and around the world, on the mission field (places like Mexico, Haiti, Cambodia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Costa Rica) and around our very own city with nearly 30 different non-profit, Christ-honoring ministry partners.

In terms of ministry partners, we are also excited to announce that this year, we’re turning the Jog-a-thon into a spirited food-packing event in partnership with our friends at Feed My Starving Children. Your student and your family will have the opportunity to participate as we convert the annual jog in the Don Sanderson Gymnasium to a full-scale meal packing event to benefit starving families overseas.

As Jog-a-thon information and blank mailers come home, we would ask that you prayerfully consider what you can do to support this effort. Because the school operates a “black budget” before fundraising, we can confidently assert that your support will directly and completely impact your students and their experience at NCS. If each NCS family completes the designated mailers, we are confident that we’ll see God accomplish even greater things in 2017!

Geoff Brown
Northwest Christian School
(623) 225-5573 (cell)