“For You have been a strength to the poor, A strength to the needy in his distress, A refuge from the storm...” Isaiah 25:4
The needs of York City are great. Those familiar with these streets know of the frequent gun fighting and gang wars. In our neighborhood, gun shots are heard nearly daily, night or day. We are losing our youth to drugs, crime, prostitution, and pregnancies at a rapid pace. The older generation is often heard asking themselves, “What happened to our city?”
As we continue to raise funds for our existing students, it is our heart to add 10 more students to our school. 10 students that just need a fighting chance, a way out, an alternate way of life before we lose them to the streets.
Please help fund these students and grant them this miracle of opportunity. Again, the entire teaching and administrative staff is 100% volunteer. However, we need help covering the curriculum costs and operational costs of a private education. It is not a question of finding enough students, it is strictly a financial hurdle that we are hoping to overcome. Tuition costs per student, including textbooks, run $2000/year. Donations can be made in a lump sum or on a monthly basis. All contributions toward our goal are most appreciated.
All donations for the tutoring sessions double as a little bit of income for our teaching staff, who again, teach on a strictly volunteer basis. For those who tutor, this alleviates the need to rush to a second job in order to make ends as well as greatly benefits the student in need.
As we’ve rolled up our sleeves and fully immersed ourselves in the school year, we are committed to making up lost academic ground. Many of our students have been damaged by traumatic experiences or a difficult home life which has translated into a less than desirable academic situation. Therefore, at school, our students had been bullied and embarrassed for their “stupidity”, and saw no hope in trying to catch up in an educational system that had no time to ensure comprehension. Many turned to the streets and stopped attending school altogether, even as early as the age of twelve.
With parents facing heavy fines and even threats of imprisonment for their children’s truancy, the transfer to Grace Words Christian Academy could not have come at a better time. These same students now race to get to school early, books in hand and homework complete, ready to receive God’s love as well as academic instruction. Parents have asked us what we have done with their children.
We have tailored our curriculum to make up for lost time. Our students have double to triple the amount of English and Math each day in the form of block scheduling. Comprehension and proficiency are of utmost importance, no matter what it takes. Our children do not have learning disabilities, they have had opportunity disabilities.
That being said, in order to get caught up to grade level, a large handful of our students still need private after-school tutoring at least for the first year. Yes, though some students are brilliant, the gaps in their education are that big. At only $5/hour, please consider sponsoring these tutoring sessions. We teach and tutor in revenge of what has been stolen from these children. We bring them a future.
There are also many other needs for the school. If you would like to donate towards start-up or day to day operational costs, please indicate in the memo: GWCA. Thank you so much for partnering with us!
All donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made payable to:
Grace Words Bible Church
PO Box 22121
York, PA 17402