Thought I would share with you a note I received from the owner of the restaurant where the Cross Country team stopped to eat on their way to the Regional Cross Country meet.
I had the privilege of meeting the cross country coach/kids/bus driver that stayed over in Seneca Kansas on their way to Washington for regionals.
I want to commend your coach (amy) and the rest of that group. They were very polite, respectful and just overall a wonderful group to wait on.
I got on your website today to see if I could see how they all placed yesterday (I told the kids I would check!)”
Mark Hoduski, our Civics teacher, shared an excerpt from a book titled Descent from Glory. The book is about John Adams, and this particular excerpt shares the travails of John and his wife Abigail in raising children. In reading the excerpt, one thought comes to mind that there is nothing new under the sun. They were concerned for their children in “such matters as slovenly dress, time wasted, sloppy penmanship.” Education was also on their mind, “Abigail shrank from sending the children to public school, lest they be confronted by corrupting examples.” Both Abigail and John worried about his long absences from the family and the lack of fatherly influence on the virtue of their children.
My encouragement to all of us as I read this passage is that we should not grow weary in well-doing. Nor can we afford any carelessness in our decisions about the rearing of young people. One character trait that seems to have gone out of style with parenting is the instilling of respect for our elders. Our world does not encourage our young people to respect the wisdom of their elders. To counter that we need to encourage that respect in the home and in our school.
The Adams’ were committed to teaching virtue before excellence to their children. “Only after moral excellence had been implanted should the youngster’s desire to excel be encouraged.” This is biblical and countercultural. How are you doing with this in your home? How are we doing with this in our school?
If we want to avoid the fiasco of character failure in future presidential candidates, we need to train the next generation of leaders to have character before they have power and success.
On September 27th, Mrs. Ensminger, 6th grade teacher, attended the City Union Mission Award luncheon at Fiorella’s Jack Stack in downtown Kansas City. They were invited there to receive an award on MCA’s behalf for faithfully serving City Union Mission for 30 years. The award was titled “Compassion for the Homeless Award 2016”. MCA has faithfully given to City Union Mission through donations of time and resources. . Maranatha has been contributing non-perishable food at Thanksgiving, new toys and gifts for its Christmas Store, and used clothing throughout the years, as well as hands and our hearts. Students and parents have volunteered to fill and deliver Thanksgiving Baskets, and Christmas gift bags. Our students develop compassion for those less fortunate than themselves as they prepare for and deliver collections of donated items, and serve with enthusiasm while performing odd jobs and helpful tasks which make light work for many. Many hands make light work. In so much as you do it for the least of these, you do it also for me. What a tribute to the legacy of MCA to have faithfully trained and encouraged young people to see the importance of serving others! I have visited the Mission while our 6th graders were serving and witnessed the joy and enthusiasm of their service. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with City Union Mission and appreciative of this recognition of many people – students, parents and faculty – who have given to the Mission.