Missions Festival Week is a school-wide celebration each spring that offers fun and focus to our mission work. Each year our students look forward to participating in the art and sports competitions and celebrating cultures of various countries. These activities are all designed around a mission theme to raise money for specifically chosen projects.
Two weeks prior to Missions Week the theme is announced and an art contest is held to determine winners from three age groups. Winners receive cash prizes and posters are made of the winning artwork advertising the upcoming event.
During the missions festival week we have daily chapel assemblies that feature special speakers, music and contests between teams of students. A special part of this week always involves raising money for a specially chosen project. Student teams compete against each other to see who can bring in the most money. Past projects have raised money for drilling wells in Africa, Bibles for the country of Iran, and supporting the street boy ministry in Peru.
Students in grades TK-5 choose a country that will be the focus of their prayers and learn all they can about the culture, food, and spiritual needs. On the final day of Missions Week, they invite their upper school teammates to an international food tasting event.
Everyone is allowed to wear special themed t-shirts in lieu of their regular uniforms during Missons Festival Week. The proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts benefit the senior trip to Peru each May.
There are two special highlights of this week. The "Parade of Nations" is always an anticipated event as the K-5 students parade in the costume of their country through the upper school gym to their country's national anthem.
The second highlight is the Faculty/Student Volleyball game on Friday night. Students have the opportunity to "take on" the faculty in round robin volleyball. This is always exciting, though the faculty usually wins!