Happy Valentine’s Day from Greenbrier Christian Academy! Our halls have a pink hue today as we celebrate Valentine’s Day and think about the greatest gift of love ever. We love you, Jesus!
Our Gators showed their school spirit as we led up to Homecoming weekend with a week’s worth of fun themed days! Our Homecoming week theme this year took on a Disney flair, with days matching up to favorite Disney movies.
The week kicked off with “Monster’s University” Monday, with our GCA Gators wearing their favorite college gear. We saw friends, teachers, and even whole classes twinning it on Twin Tuesday (inspired by The Parent Trap) and Wednesday may have gone down as the most comfortable day at school ever as students finally got a pajama themed “Sleeping Beauty” day! The halls filled with Hawaiian shirts and flower leis for “Lilo and Stich” Hawaiian day and the week wrapped up with “Tick Tock Croc” Friday as we represented our Gator pride in Orange and Blue Gator wear!
The month of October was Missions Month for 1st-6th grade students. On Wednesday morning, November 9, 2016, the Foundations and Bridge Academies met for a special Chapel to share and celebrate the mission projects completed by each grade.
Students in the Bridge Academy (grades 4-6) collected items such as puzzle books, pens, small food items, drinks and blankets to put together “Comfort Bags” to share with cancer patients in our area. Mrs. Legg shared what an encouragement it had been to receive a similar bag when she started cancer treatments this past summer.
Third grade classes packed twenty-five boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The students packed boxes filled with toys, school supplies and personal care items to bless children around the world who don’t typically receive Christmas presents. You can learn more about Operation Christmas Child here.
Second grade classes put together bags of food for children from Holland Elementary School to bless families in our own community that don’t have enough to eat. They gathered non-perishable food items and assembled over twenty-six bags of food. You can learn more about the Beach Bag food program here.
First grade classes collected shoes to donate to Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. The students were able to collect thirty-eight pairs of shoes that will help provide health, education, hope and opportunity to children in the United States and around the world. You can learn more about Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls here.
Foundations students in first grade completed a unit on wildlife and habitats with an amazing virtual field trip. Utilizing Google Earth, students traveled across the globe to the Arathusa African Reserve in South Africa. Starting in Chesapeake, first grade classes “flew” across the ocean and over the continent of Africa to reach their safari destination. Once there, our gators joined other classes from across the globe, including students from Israel, Great Britain, and Australia, as they took part in the live safari hosted by National Geographic.
During the safari, students saw many animals including a lion, a baboon, several leopard cubs, a hippopotamus, and an antelope. Students discussed the roles of territory, camouflage, predators and prey, and water sources and drought as they watched the various scenes playing out before them. The live safari guide answered questions submitted by students and a robot was spotted observing a hippopotamus up close, showing students how science and technology can be applied everywhere!
The virtual field trip was an exciting close to our first graders' wildlife unit!
Greenbrier Christian Academy is proud to announce first grader Anaya Ellick has won the Nicholas Maxim Special Award for Excellence in Manuscript Penmanship! “Anaya is a remarkable young lady. She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do,” said Anaya's Principal, Tracy Cox. “She is a hard worker and has some of the best handwriting in her class. Her determination is an inspiration to all of us at GCA.” Anaya was born without hands and does not use prosthetics. In order to write, she holds a pencil between her two arms and stands at her desk to get the proper angle needed for writing.
The National Handwriting Contest is an annual event sponsored by Zaner-Bloser to promote legible handwriting. To be eligible for the special needs category and the Nicholas Maxim Award, a student must have a cognitive delay, or an intellectual, physical, or developmental disability. For more information, please visit Zaner-Bloser's website here.
Representatives from Zaner-Bloser recognized Anaya’s accomplishment during a special chapel on Wednesday, May 4th.