On September 18, I had the honor of sharing during the dedication of the new Dayton Campus. If my father, Jack Richardson, were not suffering from Alzheimer's disease, I'm certain he would have been enthusiastic about the day. His almost decade-long stint as the first Blue Ridge Christian School headmaster ranks among the highlights of his life. They were his happiest years. I know this, because every time I visit him, his jovial disposition remains stuck in "Blue Ridge" mode. He is either wanting to interview me for a faculty position, conduct a faculty/staff gathering, or begin a BRCS board meeting.
The addition of Dayton could easily be dubbed, "BRCS, Part II" or "BRCS, The Sequel." I'll never forget, BRCS's not having a campus when the school began in 1990. The academic year was just weeks away and the school was prepared to "open shop" in the tiny basement of what was then Berea Presbyterian Church, just a block away from the Dayton Learning Center. My father and the teachers had no promise of income. The parents who were paying tuition had no idea what the future held. It was all a huge leap of faith. Watching my parents follow God's call will remain one of the greatest lessons in my life. Like Paul would say, it all seemed folly through the eyes of "worldly wisdom." Then God blessed us with the Bridgewater building.
And 28 years later God blessed us with this sister building in Dayton.
Solomon wisely understood that a household (or a family) is more than the bricks and mortar it inhabits. Yet there is wisdom in a building's very construction. The craftsman glorifies God the same way we worship our Creator by fostering and building human relationships.
In his Proverbs, Solomon writes, "By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches." (Proverbs 23:3-4).
Every day, these rooms are filled with the body of Christ: students, faculty, and staff discerning Truth. Christ is at the center of it all.
God foreknew and planned this very day... that after generations of students passing through these doors, this building would become Blue Ridge Christian School, and her rooms would overflow "with all precious and pleasant riches."
To assist parents and evangelical churches by providing a Biblically-based educational program that instills a whole-hearted love of the Lord Jesus Christ, develops Godly character, and emphasizes academic excellence.
christ is the center James richardson, high school choir instructor
February 21 and 22
Pastor Appreciation Day
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
5th grade History Fair
Flourish KAREN SHOMO, HEAD OF SCHOOL
As we processed the donations, this was turned in from a student, class of 2022. This type of commitment is more valuable than gold. May you be blessed by our sharing and may Psalm 118:24 be our post banquet blessing! “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it."
“I don’t have any money to give, but I promise that I will dedicate my faith to the school who has taught me everything. I don’t know why I was given the choice and privilege of such a wonderful Christian education, but I know that there is a God because of movements He has taken in this school. I Love You BRCS! Psalm 118:24”
BRCS family at the Dayton Campus Ribbon Cutting. Back Row: Brook Jellum, Class of '19, SGA Vice-President; Connor Jellum, Class of '19, SGA President; Emily Budd, Alumni; Jerry and Mary Faith Fawley, Founder and 28 years of service to BRCS; James Richardson, HS choir instructor, son of 1st principal, Jack Richardson. Front Row: Callie Paradzinski, Class of '24; Gracie Shull, Class of '26, Emma Carr, Class of '26
Scenes from the Stronger Together Banquet.
On September 18, the BRCS community gathered to celebrate God’s provision at our annual Stronger Together Banquet. This year’s banquet theme was Flourish. Over 300 guests enjoyed warm fellowship, a delicious dinner and memorable student performances. An inspiring keynote speech from Jeff Keaton, founder of Renewanation, reminded us of the transformative power of excellent Christian schools and the great mandate to equip students with a Biblical worldview.
This year we are focusing on three key areas of continued flourishing for BRCS: our people, our programs, and our places. As God has provided through our faithful partners, each of these areas is indeed flourishing. I am so excited to share with you that we raised $120,000 at the Stronger Together Banquet! God provided “exceedingly abundantly above all that we asked” (Eph. 3:20).
People: Our first and foremost commitment is to our
people: the students, teachers and families who are the
heartbeat of our school. Many of our students are able to benefit from a BRCS education because of our scholarship fund. This year, the fund supports 40 families, representing 74 students. Gifts to our scholarship fund are truly life changing.
Programs: BRCS offers programs that cultivate in our students an integrated life - one that is joyfully and intentionally integrated with scriptural truth. We see this lived out all aspects of our program: academics, the arts, and athletics. As we grow, the possibilities for God-honoring programs will multiply.
We envision increased academic offerings in the sciences and the arts, enhanced library media centers at both campuses, greater leadership opportunities for students, impactful professional development for teachers, and expanded athletic programs and facilities.
Places: In August, we opened our high school at our new Dayton campus. Generous donors provided all the resources we needed to purchase the building debt free. Students and teachers are thriving in this beautiful new space. We are developing short and long-term capital improvement plans that will include targeted renovations of the Dayton (Upper School) and Bridgewater (Lower School) campuses. Our goal will be to preserve the best features of both places while enhancing and upgrading their functionality.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership with us. You are an integral part of our vision to be the school of choice in the Valley.
"It has been such a privilege to teach and coach the sport of volleyball to these awesome girls this year! This JV team earned first place in the Central District regular season and moved on to the North Region tournament to finish in second place! Great job, girls! Thanks for all your hard work this season. Our team verse was Ephesians 4:2, and these girls exemplify the verse beautifully - they are humble, gentle, patient, and loving." ~ Coach Natalie Breen
MS Soccer: Congratulations Regional Champions
JV Volleyball: Congratulations on placing 2nd in the Region
"This cross country season we had 3 boy runners: Matt Nichols and Gabe Jellum running at the Varsity level, and Harlem Toliver at the Middle School level. Matt and Gabe have finished in the top 20 at the Varsity level in every race in which they competed with Gabe finishing 4th in the EMHS invitational early in the season. Matt finished 4th in the state at 19:27, personal record (PR), and Gabe finished 8th in the state at 20:03! They both had a great run and a great season! Harlem finished with a PR as well at 25:11! " ~Coach Rachel Feldpausch
Middle School Volleyball
"We ended our season with a winning record (9-7) and lots of great volleyball experiences. I’m so happy to have coached such kind, God-loving, hard-working girls. Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped make this season a success!" ~ Coach Paula Cook
Varsity Volleyball: Congratulations, Central District & Regional Champions
"The Middle School Boys Soccer team was able to continue its winning ways, by going undefeated through all regular season, and tournament games. It was truly a special season. Our goals were to honor God in how we conducted our selves, and then play to the best of our ability in every game. If we focused on that above all else, then we felt the winning would come and it did." ~Coach Daniel Padilla
"I could not be more proud of all the boys and the season we had! We took such giant leaps forward this season and they exceeded all our expectations! The boys' character, heart, and determination this year was second to none. They truly were examples of Christ on and off the field and that is such a blessing to see them encourage each other, pray together, and grow together! A huge thank you to Coach Blosser, Coach Stokley, and Coach Padilla." ~Coach Nathan Jellum
"The 2018 volleyball season was thrilling, memorable and inspiring. The Girls Varsity Volleyball team finished the season with a record of 16-1 and were both VACA Conference Champions and Regional Champions, qualifying for the state tournament. The team of 11 girls worked hard, together, and selflessly as they produced great plays and great matches, constantly encouraged each other, and did things as a team more than any one of them could do alone. This teamwork and love for each other is part of what led to such tremendous results this season." ~Coach Chris Goehner
High School Fall Fling
High School Classroom Creativity
Connor Jellum, Class of 2019
shares during Grandparents Day
Creative Writing: Observations at Bridgewater Coffee
Honors World History: Mummification
he smiles connor jellum, class of 2019
When I came to Blue Ridge Christian School to visit only three years ago, I was so surprised by the amount of kindness that I was shown. I remember my mom driving up to the high school, which at the time was located at Dayton United Methodist Church (DUMC), and I asked, “Mom, why are we parked at a church?” My mother pointed to the sign in front of the school and said,”This is the school.” I was baffled; I did not know schools like Blue Ridge existed. I had always been around big schools with yellow buses and a ton of people. Blue Ridge was different.
I was extended an immense amount of kindness when I walked through the doors of the school. At most schools, visitors do not get any attention. Most of the time the only person who really cares about the visitor is the person who is giving the tour. At Blue Ridge, everyone came up to me, said hello, and introduced themselves as soon as I walked into the school. To be completely honest, I thought that was the weirdest thing ever! I was thinking, “Why do all of these people care? I am just a visitor. Why is everyone being so nice to me? They don’t even know me!”
That is just how amazing and special Blue Ridge Christian School is. Blue Ridge is different in all the best ways. That is what I love about Blue Ridge, the God-centered culture that is vividly evident in how everyone within the school interacts with those around them, whether they know them or not. After spending a day there, I knew immediately that I wanted to attend Blue Ridge Christian School.
Now, much has changed. Our high school meets in an actual school building that we own, the old Dayton Learning Center. I have flourished at Blue Ridge. I used to be a timid, very shy guy who barely ever talked and now, because of the amazing atmosphere of Blue Ridge, I am captain of the soccer team, I lead a Bible study with my soccer team, and I am Student Government Association (SGA) president.
At the end of the day, there is no place like Blue Ridge. Every single person in our school is such a blessing to me, and they are such a blessing to so many people. I will never, in my entire life, regret my decision to go to Blue Ridge. It was the best decision of my life. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” The entire Blue Ridge community, students, staff and parents alike, have not conformed to the patterns of the world. Blue Ridge is different and special, and the people within our school are on fire for the Lord, and it shows through their actions and words. The people at Blue Ridge are life changers, and I know that when God looks down at Blue Ridge, He smiles.
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