The little girl is wonder-filled when she first sees the ‘trees’ growing in the middle of the LRC. She stares at where they pierce the room’s ceiling and rise into the sky. A teacher sits in a chair, reading a story to students gathered around her. The little girl wanders over. Soon, she is laughing along with the other students, clapping her small hands with joy. Childhood lasts longer here. Kids can be kids at Bellevue Christian.
The boy doesn’t know anyone at school yet. Mr. Brown greets him every day. New classmates make sure he never eats alone at lunch. A coach asks him to join his team, no try-outs. When an assistant principal greets him by name, he’s pleased. When that same man greets him by his middle name the next week, he’s shocked. He feels like he’s at home. He can’t know it yet, but Bellevue Christian will always feel like home.
TRUST YOUR TEACHERS
Her favorite part of the day isn’t a class or activity. It’s her teachers. She knows each of them loves her no matter her imperfections. They challenge her in the classroom – she sometimes wishes they challenged her less – but she can talk to them about anything. Friends at other schools debate which teachers they like and dislike. She trusts her teachers. It is a distinction that means everything.
OPEN YOUR MIND
The boy loves God, and he is intrigued when Jin Woo shares his family’s Sindo traditions during class. The boy loves God, and he enjoys debating Sarah after Chapel about reconciling Science and Religion. The boy loves God, and he hangs out with classmates with different family dynamics than his own. BCS isn’t changing the boy’s mind about what he believes. Instead, thanks to a school-wide culture of acceptance, it’s opening it.
Learning is difficult and kids at her old school were mean. But BCS students are nice. Her new teachers are engaging. They adapt their teaching styles to how she learns. She looks forward to school now. She discovers things along the way, things like resilience and true friendship. Then she makes the biggest discovery of all. She matters. It is a profound realization that forever changes how she sees the world, and herself.
Since he was little, he has dreamed of becoming a scientist. But his friends all want to design apps. When he shares this with his AP Physics teacher, the man shows him how scientists are creating entire industries by applying new thinking. The boy is exhilarated by the possibilities. He decides to let his buddies have their Apps. He is going to see how far his thinking can take him.