Saturday, October 22, 2005
Christian Heritage School was filled Friday with princes wearing royal cloaks, princesses with their puffy dresses and knights covered in armor.
Students in kindergarten through sixth grade dressed in their royal best for an event similar to a renaissance fair. The day was a celebration of the students' achievement in the first quarter of school.
Students made coats of arms, goblets, princess hats and prince crowns, they practiced their archery skills and played other medieval-themed games.
But the day, called the Children of the King festival, had a deeper meaning. It helped students learn that they are children of God, their ultimate king.
"Even though we're thousands of years past the time of Christ, we're still his children and he's still our King, which makes us princesses and princes," said Bonnie Girton, a first- and second-grade teacher.
The different activities fed into that theme. When students learned about coats of arms, they made their own, representing something important to them in each of four sections, such as their faith, their family and their activities.
When students practiced archery, they learned that the meaning of "sin" was "to miss the mark."
Daniel Melvin, a sixth-grader at Christian Heritage School, knows that he can't do everything right. But that doesn't bother him.
"It's like, everyone is not perfect -- only Jesus is perfect," Melvin said. "We try as best as we can. The best we can is living for Him."
He admitted that doing that can be tough. For instance, if his friends use bad language, it might be hard not to join in, he said.
Fifth-grader Jane Robey said she was enjoying the medieval celebration, as well as understanding the meaning behind the day.
"It makes me happy," Robey said. "It just makes me feel like God cares about me and that he knows who I am."
Lauri Bradt, a third- and fourth-grade teacher, said the celebration gave students insight into the fact that as Christians, or "children of the king," they have privileges and responsibilities.
Before becoming a knight, a person must take a code of chivalry -- in Bradt's class, students learned about historic codes of chivalry and wrote their own.
They chose characteristics such as being honest, being a good friend and sharing with others.
Students also had a creative writing assignment based on what they think life would be like if they were a prince or princess during medieval times. Imagining having everything you could possibly want and more gives students a taste of heaven, she said.
For many of the students, the highlight of the day was simply coming to school in a fantastic costume.
"You get to dress up like a princess, and you get to feel like a princess," fourth-grader Andie Baker said.