Annual Fund Letter

Families and Friends of Community Christian School,

The Lord has truly been great to us at Community Christian School.  We’re in our seventeenth year and He blesses us every day!  Our mission is to introduce students to Christ and develop Christian character through spiritually dynamic and academically challenging programs, preparing them to go out to be Godly leaders who will influence their world for Christ.

This past year, we saw a number of students accept Christ as savior and grow in fellowship with the Lord.  CCS emphasizes a Christ-centered education through Biblical integration in our classes, the study of God’s Word, service to others, prayer and worship, and mentoring students to live for Christ. Our students support and volunteer for missions, and learn about giving back to those in need through community service.

We continue to strengthen our college-preparatory curriculum at CCS.  Our Class of 2013 earned more than $1 million in college scholarships, with 80% qualifying for the Hope Scholarship. We currently have 64 high school students enrolled in our Dual Enrollment College Program and in our Advanced Placement (AP) program, earning high school and college credits simultaneously while studying at CCS.  We’ve increased our student academic competitions and seen outstanding results in mathematics, reading and standardized assessments.  Our elementary school gifted program has expanded and is challenging our elementary students to excel.  Thank you to PTO for purchasing Brain Pop, a supplemental, age-appropriate curriculum-based program in all subject areas for our elementary students. The Early Education department purchased Listening Centers and a books on CD library to enhance classroom learning.

We continue to move forward with many school-wide improvements in technology through implementation of a new server, upgrades to our campus-wide wireless system, and the establishment of a Microsoft I.T. Academy at CCS.  This helps equip our students with up-to-date marketable technology skills, giving them a competitive edge in the marketplace.
Our athletic program is flourishing, with the addition of new sports such as varsity girls basketball, softball and boys tennis, giving CCS 38 athletic teams this year.  We continue expanding our athletic facilities as work on our athletics fields has begun.  CCS continues to upgrade school facilities by retiling more hallways and classrooms.  We purchased Cafeteria tables for our Elementary and MS/HS students, and added 3 school busses for field trips and athletics.  We created a Fun & Fitness Center for our EE students.  Many of these additions and improvements were made possible through previous gifts and donations from Community’s families and friends.

I want to thank each of our donors for investing in the lives of our students.  In order for CCS to continue upgrading facilities and impacting students, I am asking for your assistance.  We need your help as we continue to grow our educational programs, as we expand our extra-curricular activities, and as we continue ongoing faculty in-service and training.

I am asking for your help as we continue moving forward.  Please prayerfully contemplate our needs and what the Lord has placed on your heart.  We ask everyone to participate through prayers, volunteering and contributions.  All contributions made though our Annual Fund are tax deductible and will be used to further the educational experiences of our students.  Thank you in advance for your consideration as we look to the Lord for the training of tomorrow’s leaders.
God bless you,

Fred Banke
Headmaster

Annual Fund FAQs

WHERE DOES ANNUAL FUND MONEY GO?

Donors set the direction of their particular gifts. Options include:

  1. The discretion of the Headmaster.
  2. Specific area of school need for the current year as determined by the Headmaster.
    1. Athletics
    2. The Arts
    3. School Equipment
    4. Professional Development/Continuing Education
  3. Other areas as directed by donors.


WHAT SORT OF GIVING COUNTS AS AN "ANNUAL GIFT?"
All giving, cash, in-kind giving, materials, etc. counts toward the annual fund goals. Budgets are based on an estimated amount of cash giving plus the value of other forms of giving (PTO, Sponsorships, etc.).

WHAT IS THE MOST HELPFUL MEANS OF GIVING?
Cash gifts directed to the discretion of the Headmaster are the most flexible, allowing monies to be directed to where the need is greatest; however, all giving makes a positive difference.

WE’RE ALREADY PROVIDING SUBSTANTIAL DOLLARS THROUGH TUITION AND FEES. WHY IS MORE NEEDED?
Any quality academic institution relies on support above and beyond tuition. Annual giving provides a means of lifting the school above the minimum programs of classrooms, teachers, library, and activities and leads us into the realm of maximum excellence. As you can see from this year’s Headmaster’s Priorities, great schools offer advanced technology equipment, outstanding athletic programs, and resources to develop their teachers. Our school could operate without these extras, but we choose to include these additional resources in our continuing quest for excellence.

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ANNUAL FUND?
Thank you for your interest. Please contact Headmaster Fred Banke (fred.banke@communitychristianschool.net) or Development Director Becky Dean (becky.dean@communitychristianschool.net). They are proud of the Annual Fund and eager to share more information about it with you.