Attached the wrong MT first time and had the wrong photo :-)
Great quote: “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in”. ~Author Unknown
I sincerely hope you do vote in this rather crazy election year, but have you voted with your volunteerism lately? It is extremely rewarding, and has been a piece of what it means to be an American for quite a long time. Did you know Benjamin Franklin founded the first volunteer firehouse?1 Unfortunately, the statistics people tell us that volunteerism in America is declining – some say at an alarming rate2.
Hopefully our generous little island can avoid that trend. When volunteerism decreases, everyone loses: the would-be volunteer loses the joy of giving unselfishly, the people who benefit from the volunteerism also lose a valuable service. Services previously performed by volunteers either go un-served or must be paid for by increased taxes or service fees.
At ICA declining volunteerism would translate into higher tuition. Affordable tuition is one of our long-held values that is maintained by the generous people who find value in educating students according to Christian values and/or a highly effective method of teaching and learning: people who care about the cause.
Will you be one who joins the vote with your volunteerism this year? Check out the attached Message Tuesday for current (some urgent) opportunities. Let’s continue to make it a part of the American way!
***To qualify for the $100 off December tuition drawing, submit your auction items by next Tuesday, November 1st!
Photo below: I got to accompany the 1st/2nd grade on their field trip to the glassblowing studio of Katrina Hude today in Greenbank. Super fun class to field trip with! Thanks to Mrs. Bartel and Mrs. Ohme for planning this trip!
1. Warta, Tamara. "History of Volunteerism in America." LoveToKnow. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Oct. 2016.
2. *Nikelle-snader. "3 Disturbing Facts About Volunteering in America." The Cheat Sheet. N.p., 2015. Web. 25 Oct. 2016.
Island Christian ACademy
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A few of our wax museum participants
Electives week with Detective Farr from Island County
Service Project, Langley
High School students visit the capital building in Olympia
Spelling bee winners
Sno-Isle Skill Center graduate and ICA senior
Secondary Leadership Retreat
Community service project at the Island County Fairgrounds
Northwest Institute of the Literary Arts winners