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Friday, January 13, 2017

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day

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On the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday, young people learn about the power of unconditional love even for one’s adversaries as a way to fight injustice and defuse violent disputes. It is a time to show them the power of forgiveness in the healing process at the interpersonal as well as international levels.

Dr. King once said that we all have to decide whether we “will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. Life’s most persistent and nagging question, he said, is `what are you doing for others?’” he would quote Mark 9:35, the scripture in which Jesus of Nazareth tells James and John “…whosoever will be great among you shall be your servant; and whosoever among you will be the first shall be the servant of all.” And when Martin talked about the end of his mortal life in one of his last sermons, on February 4, 1968 in the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, even then he lifted up the value of service as the hallmark of a full life. “I’d like somebody to mention on that day Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to give his life serving others,” he said. “I want you to say on that day, that I did try in my life…to love and serve humanity.

The video above shows a few of our Kindergarten students who created a song together to culminate their study of this great man. Here at Upper Room Christian School we celebrate the life of this great man who was a follower of the greatest man to ever live...Jesus Christ! 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Real Meaning Of Christmas Through the Eyes of a Second Grader.

When asked by her second grade teacher, Mrs. Blom, what does Christmas mean to you Illyana one of her second graders wrote, "Christmas means that its time to celebrate Jesus' birthday. We give toys to the less fortunate. That makes me very happy."

The Bible says, "Raise up a child in the way they should go and they will not depart from it." It's so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season but it is refreshing when we get back to the true meaning of Christmas which is God's demonstration of His love for us in sending His Son Jesus to live, die and resurrect for us and how that translates in our desire to give to others as a sign of our love.

Here at Upper Room Christian School we pray that you would be filled with the love of God this Christmas and that His peace would fill your hearts and homes.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Another Satisfied Customer!!

They say the proof of the pudding is in the eating and scripture says, "you shall know a tree by its fruit". Here is another parent testimonial of the change in her son's life since attending Upper Room Christian School.

"First I would like to say, I give honor to GOD, who is the head of my life. I want to thank the entire staff at Upper Room Christian School.  I've seen such a drastic change in my son, for the better.  As a family, we pray every night and every morning.  My son's prayers have gone from: 'Thank you God for my mother and father and my brothers, in your Holy Name I pray", (10 seconds) .......to 'Father GOD, we come before you giving you praise and worship, praying for those in need, praying over mom and dad, brothers, grandparents, those that are in need of something, asking for forgiveness of our sins, asking to be blessed by his talent and thanking God for his talents.' (5-10 minutes)  Needless to say, my husband and I were so amazed and speechless. I love my son's transformation. I owe it to you.  Thank you!  I THANK GOD FOR YOU
 
Have a blessed day!

La'Shawn Maynard

Saturday, September 24, 2016

It's Time For Real School Choice In New York

School choice is a nationwide movement that empowers parents by enabling them to make the best possible choice for their children's education. In short, it puts power in the hands of parents to decide which type of education best fits the needs of their particular child – whether that is a public, private or religious institution, or educating their child at home.
School choice also protects parents' constitutional rights to direct their children's upbringing in accordance with the values, principles and religious convictions they hold dear.
Private school choice refers to publicly funded scholarship programs that redirect the flow of education funding to individual families rather than to government schools. In other words, the money now follows the child rather than a bureaucracy. Under these programs, parents can apply for scholarships that allow them to send their child to a private school of their choice, including religious ones.
Without school choice scholarships, parents who want their kids to go to a private school would have to, in essence, double pay. In other words, they would pay for a private education while also paying taxes that go toward public education. It would level the playing field for families of different incomes by allowing parents to redirect their tax dollars toward schools of their choice.