GRACE is hosting a group of Czech students who will be visiting Raleigh from October 2-9. We are in need of host homes for pairs of students to stay with to help with communication and language practice. They will enjoy getting to know our culture and being part of our Homecoming festivities, but they will also have their own schedule while they are here. They will come to school in the mornings and go home with you in the afternoons and have activities planned during each school day. This is a great opportunity to expose your students to a different culture.
Everyone’s invited! Mark your calendar for fun fellowship on the first Friday night of the school year (August 16th) starting at 5:30 at the GRACE Athletic Field. This Hawaiian-themed event will take place before (and during) the home football game against the Wayne Christian Eagles and will feature inflatables, face painting, food trucks, games, Mimi the clown, and more!
Are you available to help make this event run smoothly? If so, check out the Volunteer Sign-up today!
Take the day-off from cooking! City BBQ is generously hosting an all-day GRACE Spirit event where every meal purchased by a GRACE supporter (just show your printed or mobile flyer below and have them scan the barcode!)
Thank you to everyone who attended the March 29th Celebrate GRACE Fundraising dinner. We had a wonderful evening of fellowship and were reminded by the staff, student and parent speakers about what a special place GRACE is.
Thank you to the GRACE Stream Team for recording this event capturing the heartfelt testimony of each of our speakers.
As of April 1st, the combined giving from Celebrate GRACE, the October Annual Fund Drive, and year-end gifts has allowed us to reach 78% of our 2018-2019 annual fund goal of $300,000. If you can help us reach 100% we encourage you to use this Online Donation Link and make your contribution.
Thank you to GRACE student Emily Hodges for capturing so much fun at the Celebrate GRACE Photo Booth.
The next Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night is Tuesday, February 5th!
Take the night off from cooking, grab Chick-Fil-A, and support GRACE!!! You DO NOT need to show a flyer, but their donation is only for purchases made between 4:00-7:00 pm. Also, play the spinning wheel inside the restaurant to win free food and prizes!!! Spins are only $1 and everyone wins!
Chick-Fil-A donates 100% of the earnings from the spinning wheel to GRACE and a GRACE family owned business will be matching the donation earned through spins! We hope to see you there!
GRACE is a certified school for international students which means we have been accredited and certified by the US government to be able to do this. To further assist us, we partner with an organization called New Oasis who recruits students from China. This organization is used by many of the independent schools in our area and has a reputation of doing an excellent job of vetting students and giving them excellent support while they are here in the US. We will limit the number of international students to 10% of our high school population and our desire is for international students to join the GRACE student body in 9th or 10th grade and return each year until they graduate.
At GRACE, we have the opportunity to welcome these students and share the Gospel with them as they learn about the US and live in our culture. Our students have the opportunity to learn from our international students about different cultures and become global citizens themselves.
As we begin to plan for the 2019-2020 school year, we will need host homes for these international students and invite you to consider this. If you are unable to host, could you help us spread the word? Do you know someone who would be a great host family and be blessed by this experience? If so, please let us know!
A host family must provide:
Transportation to and from school (must live within 10 miles of school)
A separate bedroom (may share a bathroom)
Parental supervision of a young adult eager to work hard and learn about American culture
A host family will receive:
An amazing cultural experience
A monthly stipend of $1,100 from New Oasis
Ongoing academic and social support from New Oasis
A mutually rewarding experience
Some common questions and clarifying answers:
“How long is the host family commitment?” Although the student will most likely be an incoming freshman or sophomore, attending GRACE for 3–4 years, the host family commitment is for one school year, with the student returning home during summer breaks. Many host families do create deep and lasting bonds with their exchange student and look forward to having them back after summer break, but we only ask for a one-year commitment. Also, if you do need to go someplace without your exchange student, it’s not a problem—one of our respite families can step in for short-term hosting.
“Won’t the exchange students want to be with someone their own age?” Not necessarily. New Oasis has had great success with empty nesters and families with small children. These home environments can provide a restful safe haven where peer-related anxieties to perform/behave/speak in very particular ways are less demanding.
“Not knowing the student makes me a little uneasy.” New Oasis does a great job vetting their applicants and only accepts students who can excel academically and socially. Beyond this, a lot of time and energy is put into matching students and host families by interest. But even after a match is made and the exchange student has selected you based on your profile (created from your application, references and home visit), you will begin communication with your exchange student before their arrival, and both parties have to be on the same page and feel at peace about the arrangement.
Thank you so much for taking the time to think and pray about how you can help us find wonderful families that can share the love of Christ in tangible ways through the hosting experience. On a personal note I, Mandy, have had a wonderful time learning about culture and being blessed by students who have lived in our home through the years!
Uniting players, coaches, and fans to do something for the greater good that far exceeds wins and losses on the court, the Play4Kay initiative is the largest fundraiser of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and plays a major role in their success.
The “pink phenomenon” in women’s basketball began during the 2004-2005 basketball season, when Coach Yow’s cancer recurred after being in remission for 17 years. Play4Kay is the grassroots fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. It was originally called Think Pink, later Pink Zone, and most recently and finally, Play4Kay.Women’s basketball teams wore pink in honor of Coach Yow and those battling cancer. In 2007, this movement resulted in the establishment of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and its Play4Kay initiative.
For the past nine years, numerous sports, groups, and organizations have hosted Play4Kay fundraisers that resonated with their fans and the community, all while raising funds for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Play4Kay events allow members of the basketball community to play a part in the Kay Yow Cancer Fund simply by doing something they love, playing ball. Coach Yow wouldn’t have it any other way.
GRACE Christian School and Play4Kay
GRACE Christian School has been part of the Play4Kay program since it’s inception, using the name “Hoops 4 Hope” for many years and it has become a tradition at our school. Representatives of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund use GRACE as a model for how high schools can become a part of this initiative. If you have never been to a Play4Kay event at GRACE, plan to attend on January 25th and see the GRACE community doing what it does best: loving others well and serving those around us.
Every minute, one woman is diagnosed with cancer. One mother. One daughter. One wife. Help us raise money in support of scientific research and programs that serve the under-served by support this year’s Play4Kay event. Tickets for all attendees are $10. Note: Eagles Club Passes are not accepted for this game.
Attention, all GRACE Families: we need your new and gently used children’s books for the WAKE UP AND READ Book Drive starting this month!
GRACE Christian School is having a book drive, January 10 – February 14! We are supporting WAKE Up and Read (www.wakeupandread.org), whose goal is to collect over 110,000 new and gently-used books for children ages birth-12 to distribute at select schools and community centers across Wake County. GRACE families can make a difference in our community just by donating books.
Look for the book collection bin at GRACE Christian School, Lower Campus – and please help us fill them. You can also support this book drive by purchasing new books to support the drive at local retailers.
If Upper Campus students or parents want to volunteer, please contact Mrs. Carol Gehringer at 919-783-6618 or at email@example.com. We need help in counting and transporting the books in late February.Thanks!