God values each and every child. The Bible states that Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14). Incredibly, God leaves the responsibility of caring for His children up to us. He has chosen to work through broken pots such as us to share His love. As you may recall, we have recently updated our mission statement. Our mission is “to know and serve every student, encouraging them to reach their God-given potential.” At St. Thomas Community Christian School, we take this mission and our responsibility to care for God’s children very seriously. In fact, we have started a new program at STCCS as a result of the commitment that we have made to our mission.
We strongly believe that all students are unique. They each learn differently. Some students learn best through a hands-on approach, some in groups and some on their own. Some students struggle with significant learning disabilities, which often means that a “regular” approach in a “normal” classroom may not be enough. More must be done. Much more. God calls us to care for “all” children. We believe that the Arrowsmith Program can be a solution. It inspires hope to overcome severe learning challenges and can have an impact on the future for students with these types of learning disabilities. Listen to what a child psychologist said about the program after visiting it earlier this year:
“I was very impressed by this program ...this is one of the first times that I have seen students who struggle with learning feel proud about their accomplishments and fully engaged in the learning process. While the program is designed to build the foundational skills for learning, the format of the self-guided learning modules also builds students’ confidence and motivation. The Arrowsmith Program is truly a ‘gem’ in our current educational resources and students benefit greatly in all aspects of their development!”
Dr. M. Gilpin, C.Psych
Child and Adolescence Psychologist, Mt. Brydges, Ont.
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