Plant a seed, watch it grow

Opportunities to give and see the benefits take root in the lives of our students

"Remember this--a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop.
But one who plants generously will get a generous crop."
2 Corinthians 9:6 NLT

Think of our school as a garden. Our students are seeds we plant, nurture and see them blossom. We water with the Holy Spirit. We feed with knowledge. We weed with positive discipline. We sow with God's grace.

For 34 hours each week, our teachers nurture 265 students watching them grow to become independent thinkers to know God and develop a Christ-like character for service. That is our mission.

We invite you to partner with us in two new initiatives that will help our students and SLA to flourish. The Committee of 100 and the 1882 Society are both opportunities for you to plant a seed and watch it grow.

Committee of 100
This is an elite group of 100 people who pledge to give $1,000 or more annually to SLA. Each year, we will host a meeting with a meal where members of the Committee of 100 can vote on which capital improvement project they want to direct their funds. Committee of 100 members may receive other special incentives. 

1882 Society
Members of this group pledge to include SLA in their estate planning. This is a way to maintain your assets while you need them and then leave a legacy gift. 

Some of the options to consider in estate planning is a bequest, a charitable remainder trust and a charitable gift annuity. A bequest is written into your will or trust and specifies a gift to be made to the recipient of your choice. Both a charitable remainder trust and a charitable gift annuity provides income to you while making a gift to a nonprofit organization and providing tax benefits. A charitable remainder trust permits you to make a gift of your appreciated property and receive payments during your lifetime. A charitable gift annuity transfers an asset to a nonprofit organization who in turn agrees to make payment to the donor for life. 

If you are interested in either of these opportunities to support our mission at SLA, please contact Shauna Neidigh, Director of Development, at (978) 368-8544, ext. 108 or

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Happiness is in giving

It's the time of year when many of us think about our blessings and how to give to others who could benefit. Please consider giving to one of the many worthwhile causes at South Lancaster Academy:

  • Worthy Student Fund. Nearly half of our students are able to attend SLA and receive a quality Christian education thanks to donations to this fund.

  • Mission Trip. Our students are planning a trip to Belize this spring to build a school.

  • Annual Fund. This fund is an opportunity to systematically give monthly or annually to support the mission of SLA. Annual fund donations may be applied to the worthy student fund or operating budget.

  • Windows. We are raising funds to replace the 50-year-old windows in both of our buildings with energy-efficient ones to keep our students warm and comfortable in their learning environments.

  • Bathrooms. Like our windows, our bathrooms are 50-years-old and are in need of updating.

  • Departments. Our athletic department, music department, each class subject, student clubs and organizations can all benefit from specific gifts. 

If you have a desire to support any of these opportunities or to learn more about how you can make a difference for a student at SLA, please contact Shauna Neidigh at or (978) 368-8544, ext. 108. Or click on the "Donate to SLA" button below.

"In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work, we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Acts 20:35


Custom new trailer for sale

Custom-built heavy duty 10-foot Wright trailer for sale for $3,500. Constructed with 6-inch steel sub-frame, pressure treated floor and side boards, electric brakes (with brake-away system), heavy duty 225/75 R 15-inch radial tires and wheels, heavy duty axle, 8,000 pound trailer jack, and side step for easy access. Custom built by Wright Trailer in Seekonk, MA.

Proceeds from the sale of the trailer goes toward purchasing an enclosed trailer to be used mainly by our music department as well as our tumbling team, senior survival, and mission trip program. Contact Shauna Neidigh at or (978) 368-8544, ext. 108.


Walk-a-Thon raised $12,250

Every other year, the elementary students at SLA participate in a Walk-a-Thon to raise money to improve a specific aspect of their learning experience at school. This year, the students raised $12,250 for a safe ground cover for the playground and new sports equipment.

They got some great exercise while enjoying the fall weather and friendships as they walked numerous laps around the Southern New England Conference campgrounds on Friday, Oct. 12.


Windows to the World gala and auction raised nearly $40,000!

We are excited to announce that our 2nd annual gala and auction, "Windows to the World" with a focus on raising money to replace the 50-year-old ineffective windows, raised nearly $40,000. Thanks to the support of our many generous donors and attendees, that's double the amount raised last year.

With more than 80 items to bid on, ranging in value from $5 to $3,500, attendees had lots of choices to purchase. Several people also chose to sponsor windows. Among the unique items available were handmade art projects created by students in PreKindergarten to Grade 8 with the help of art teacher Veronic Iria.

"Some of the most enjoyable parts of the evening were viewing the student projects and listening to the descriptions and motivations behind each project," said Lanu Stoddart-Williams. "Kudos to the students andtheir teachers for a superb job yet again!"

Principal Jeff Lambert once again offered his hair as an auction item and this year Pastor Luis Gracia from the College Church joined him with a twist--the winning bidder could choose to save or shave their hair. A lively bidding ensued with Pastor Luis's hair being saved and Mr. Lambert being shaved. 

The event featured six tables of various cuisines from around the world. Kristie Stevenson, parent of two SLA students and one SLA alumnus, put together this feast that met with rave reviews with the help of other volunteer parents.

"The gala was not just a fundraiser. It was a social event where hard-working volunteers gave of their time and money to celebrate Christian education," said Home and School President Laurie Segar-Collins.

Windows to the World auction to raise money for new windows

Please plan to attend the "Windows to the World" gala and auction, April 22, from 5-8 p.m. in the SLA gymnasium. The focus is to raise money to replace the 50-year-old windows with double-pane, energy-efficient ones to keep our students warm and comfortable while learning. Every cent raised will go directly into replacing the old windows as soon as we have raised enough to do the entire building.

Enjoy international cuisine while browsing and bidding on a wide selection of auction items. There will be adventure outings, weekend rentals, household items, multiple gift certificates, museum and park admission tickets, and fabulous art projects by each class. New this year is the opportunity to buy a window for your child's classroom. Buy a single window or pool funds with class parents to purchase windows for the entire classroom. Own a business and would like to contribute a window or two? We'll post a plaque showing your sponsorship. 

  • $600 to sponsor a windowpane.
  • $3,000 to sponsor a window.
  • $15,000 to sponsor a classroom or windows.

Tickets on sale now for $25 at Childcare is provided as a fundraiser for the senior class. For only $5, kids ages 5-12 can enjoy pizza, a movie and games. Come and enjoy the evening while supporting our students' learning environment.

For questions or to donate an item to the auction, please contact Shauna Neidigh, Director of Development, at 978-368-8544, ext. 108 or


SLA buildings need new windows


Windows are symbolic of showing a clearer picture, of allowing light to shine in illuminating all, of providing a view to the greater world. Education is meant to broaden students’ view beyond themselves.

When you look through the windows of SLA you see full classrooms with teachers leading students in learning activities. As in any school, students stare out of windows daydreaming. Teachers look out windows to check the weather for recess. Studies show that students have higher test scores when they are in rooms with natural light. We even use windows on our computers. Windows are an integral part of our world.

Come closer, you’ll also notice the cold air emitting from the cracks. Our windows are in dire need of replacement.

Why we need new windows

All the windows in both the elementary and secondary buildings are original. They were installed when the buildings were built in 1965 and 1967, at a time when energy standards were nonexistent. We have three main issues with our windows:

Poor insulation

The windows are single-pane and not designed to withstand the New England climate. “Our buildings are unnecessarily cold,” states Jeffrey Lambert, principal. “We meet the minimums for what the building heat should be, but we lose it as quickly as we put it in.”

Ineffective locking mechanisms

The locking mechanisms for the windows are so old that they don’t hold properly anymore. A strong gust of wind can loosen the latch so that air is coming in, or even worse, blow the window open.

Eroded caulking

The caulking around the outer edges of the windows has eroded to the point that cold air can enter around the frame.

What it will cost

Our building committee has gathered quotes to replace the windows in both buildings. They are looking at double-pane, energy-efficient, commercial grade windows that meet code. The design of both buildings feature large windows that creates a wall of light, but their custom size increases the cost. Due to the age of the buildings, there is likely to be asbestos that needs to be abated as well.

It will cost an estimated $285,000 to replace the windows in the secondary building, and an estimated $185,000 to replace the windows in the elementary building. That comes to a total combined cost of $470,000.

What about our Building for Eternity campaign?

Our Building for Eternity campaign came about because we knew there were many building repair needs beyond our annual operating expenses. Thus far, the campaign has addressed updating the essential issues--removing the outdated underground oil tanks, installing a new heating system, and re-roofing the elementary building. The oil tanks needed to be done for safety and code reasons. As for the roof, students sat in classrooms next to buckets collecting drips when it rained. We are happy to report that both of those issues have been completed. We are in the process of improving our traffic flow, parking lot and athletic field. The funds raised thus far have been able to be used to address these essential operational and safety issues.

We also knew that the windows needed to be replaced, the bathrooms updated, and buildings updated to become handicapped accessible and increase student safety by uniting both buildings. We still needs fund to accomplish these goals.

As we near the end of the three-year Building for Eternity campaign, we are extremely thankful for those who gave so generously and sacrificially so we could meet these needs. Now we are entering into a new phase of Building for Eternity, turning our focus to fundraising for specific projects we need to address, beginning with the windows.

We saw an $8,000 annual savings in heating costs after replacing the elementary roof. We are looking forward to seeing even more savings now that the academy building has a new roof. We can only speculate how much more savings we can realize once we replace the windows.

How we plan to raise the needed funds

We are approaching all our constituents--alumni, current families, church members--to help us support Adventist education at SLA.

We are excited to announce that all money raised at our upcoming auction, “Windows to the World,” on April 22 will go toward replacing our windows. The auction will feature a creative art project from each grade from PreK to 8, multiple gift certificates and admissions to popular local attractions and businesses, household items, adventure excursions and more.

This year, you will also have the opportunity to purchase windows for our school. Each window will also have a plaque affixed to the window with the sponsor’s name. A family, a class, or a business can sponsor the windows.

  • $600 to sponsor a window pane.

  • $3,000 to sponsor a window.

  • $15,000 to sponsor a classroom of windows.

Of course, we will only be able to replace the windows when we have enough funds to do an entire building. Replacing the windows one at a time or one classroom at a time will increase the cost significantly. So if you sponsor a window pane, whole window or enough windows for an entire classroom, we will keep the money safe and designated for that purchase until we have all funds to replace the windows in the building.

We have 1,114 email subscribers to Fiat Lux. If each person reading this email donated $421.90, we would be able to replace the windows in both buildings. We know that not everyone is able to give that much, and some are able to give much more. Please prayerfully consider what you are able to contribute. You may make a donation at

Additionally, please plan to attend our “Windows to the World” gala and auction, Sunday, April 22 from 5-8 p.m. It promises to be a fun evening for all. You may purchase tickets at