The children have been busy preparing for spring planting. Seedlings have been growing in our classroom with the help of our special lamps. Potatoes have been cut and planted. We are developing some raised beds for our strawberries. And construction of our new bee hives has been finished!
We pray for a good growing season. We pray that our children will soak up knowledge and appreciation for all the wonderful things God grows for us in the garden this year.
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Newsletter April 2017
Who are our children?
We have gathered some interesting demographic data on the current elementary students we have attending Cherry Street. Obviously our children are more than just some percentage of a pie chart but this information can give us and you a snip-it of information about some of the challenges they may face. 81% of our children qualify for free or reduced meals from the school district. That indicates their household is considered to be low or extremely low income. 48% of our children do NOT attend church or have an identified church home. 46% of our children are from non traditional family households. These means nearly half our children are in foster care, being raised by a single parent or divorced parents, or are being raised by a grandparent or extended family member.
19% of our children have moved more than 2 times in the past 12 months. We know stability and structure are critical for healthy social and emotional development in children. 17% of children are receiving a special education service from school. This indicates delays in their learning or development. We get new children each year and times change in how services and which classes are offered here at Cherry Street however, it is clear our mission is still needed in Chanute. We are committed to help children develop spiritually, emotionally, physically, and academically with in the community…
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Kicking off a new school year!
Our annual skating party was a blast! We celebrate the year and the children’s hard work on their academic efforts. This year Skate City donated a soda pop for every child who attended. We thank them for their generosity!
Holy Week at Cherry Street
The week leading up to Easter is a special time at Cherry Street! During Holy Week, our children learn about Jesus’ amazing gift to each one of us. Our bible teachers prepared hands on lessons for the children to learn of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, his death, and his resurrection.
The children receive Easter baskets as part of the Holy Week celebration.
Happy Valentines Day!
The new revised standard version of the Bible references Love 317 times in the Old Testament and 221 times in the New Testament. Let’s remember to look to His word, for guidance and understanding. Please know that you are loved! He loves us no matter where we are in our walk with Christ. First Corinthians 12:4-8 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Good news! No, great news!
Our God is a mighty God! We met our $50,000 Fundraising challenge!!! You have made such an amazing impact on our ability to provide quality facilities, loving staff, and enriching activities to the children here at Cherry Street. Our community and contributors have always been so supportive of our mission and ministry and we want to send out a HUGE thank you to our Main Street busi-ness partners and their customers that helped contribute to our “Hands and Feet” fundraising campaign. We re-ceived nearly $1,500 in donations from the following busi-ness partners: Save-a-Lot, G&W, Consignment, Comforts of Home, Talk of the Town, Opies, Grain Bin, Feathered Nest, Love Shack, and Play Makers. G&W even held a con-test among the staff to see who could sell the most “Hands and Feet”. Char Wells won first place! Chanute is an amazing community and we feel the LOVE!
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Newsletter Oct 2015