We enjoyed visiting with former students, classmates and staff at our recent Alumni Weekend. Pictured above are members of the class of 1992, commemorating their 25th reunion at Alumni Weekend, Oct. 6-8, 2017.
Plan now to celebrate with us the 135th anniversary of South Lancaster Academy at our next Alumni Weekend, Oct. 5-7, 2018. Invite your friends. Bring your family. We want to see you!
Rebecca Raposo was doing her student teaching in a high-poverty area and saw that the community subtly pressured the children to only be as good as their surroundings and discouraged them from aiming toward higher goals.
“That was the first time I realized I could be a positive role model in those kids’ lives and I could do something. Help them push past their social standards,” said Ms. Raposo. “That was when I fell in love with teaching and ever since then that has driven me. With God’s help I can make a difference.”
Rebecca is our new first grade teacher but is a familiar face on the campus at South Lancaster Academy. “A lot of the people I work with now were my teachers in high school,” said Ms. Raposo, who is a 2009 graduate. “In my mind they’re Mr. Lambert and Mrs. Robidoux, but now they’re like, ‘Call me Jeff. Call me Theresa.’”
Rebecca came to SLA as a sophomore and attended through her senior year. She was a member of the National Honor Society and enjoyed running in cross country.
“I had a great time,” said Ms. Raposo. “I still have friends to this day that I made back then.”
Ms. Raposo went to earn an education degree from Washington Adventist University. You will most likely find her at school early in the morning and working late in the evening as she’s establishing her classroom, grading papers and preparing for the next day of learning.
When she can fit it in, Ms. Raposo enjoys travel and anything outdoors, including hiking, biking kayaking and camping. She spent this last summer on a backpacking trip through Europe with five other female friends. She’s been to 15 countries so far.
Ms. Raposo is eager to see her students develop spiritually and academically while enjoying their experience at SLA. “I like knowing that my kids are learning and having fun at the same time,” she said.
If you think your loose coins don’t amount to much, consider that our elementary students brought in their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to raise more than $2,600 for The Oaks Adventist Christian School in Houston that was flooded by Hurricane Harvey.
The 6th grade class hosted The Penny Wars, a fundraiser to support The Oaks where their teacher, Brandy Rich, once taught. The school had five feet of water in their classrooms and sustained so much damage the classes are now meeting in the gym with temporary partitions. They lost desks, books, school supplies and more.
“Every day we prayed that God would multiply this money like He did with the loaves and fish and bless The Oaks,” said Mrs. Rich. “Little by little the kids brought in their coins. Ultimately, we raised $2,635.86! God is so good!”
All classes from Kindergarten through Grade 8 participated in the competition from Sept. 18 to 29 to see which class could bring in the most money. The 6th grade class came in first place bringing in $913.43 of the total money raised.
“Penny Wars was an amazing experience! I felt like God was telling our class to help The Oaks Adventist Christian School! I was so happy that we raised over $2,000, and we helped another school. I will never forget this wonderful experience,” said 6th grade student Khali Muth.
“I learned that a little blaze of fire (pennies) can create a giant fire! I also learned that we didn’t just put pennies into a jar. We also put in love, compassion, and life savings. It was all done to help another school,” said 6th grade student Jacob Alce.
What an amazing lesson for all of us that even our littlest bits, when joined with others, can make a big difference.