UCA Band and director, Dean Kravig, at the Bonners Ferry Seventh-day Adventist school.
Adventist schools in the Upper Columbia Conference are cooperating to enable students to obtain Christian educations.
Upper Columbia Academy’s concert band and Choraliers performed a fundraising concert for Cornerstone Christian School in Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho. Tickets were sold for $5 each and over a hundred people attended. Proceeds will help cover the school’s operating costs. Cornerstone has recently organized a beginning band, and UCA’s visit helped foster student interest. During the last two numbers, Cornerstone students were invited to join the band onstage and sit next to UCA students as they played.
UCA is also cooperation with Lake City Junior Academy by providing two $50 scholarships for their annual benefit auction, in addition to a $125 registration discount to all families that attend the auction. Proceeds from this auction have enabled LCJA, located in Coeur d’Alene Idaho, to update their information technology, replace sports equipment, purchase a new school van, and offer more scholarships. Mindy Weber, LCJA staff member, stated “Our schools must work together to…make Christian education available to as many students as possible.”
Colville Junior Academy in Colville, Wash., is helping students attend academy through a matching fund available to students who attend Colville through tenth grade. Up to $1,000 a year, per student is granted to match summer earnings towards their academy tuition. Katelyn Moseanko, UCA Senior, stated, “The matching fund is a huge help. I wouldn’t be able to attend UCA without it.”
The cooperation of elementary schools, junior academies, and academies is vital to furthering the cause of making Christian education available to every student who desires it. Scott North, UCA recruiter, said, “We want to do whatever we can to support our elementary schools and junior academies. Our number one goal is providing an environment where students can grow in their relationship with God.”
by Danielle Shull, UCA Senior