Christian Heritage School depends on community support

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I am excited about our 2006 annual Fundraising Banquet and Silent and Live Auction, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 7 at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Once again, we want to thank our community, which has shown its support for Christian Heritage School through its amazing generosity. Last year we auctioned off more than 300 items. This year, we will be presenting: "Christian Heritage School: Past, Present and Future."

Former students will be featured in a "Where are they now" segment. More than 90 percent of our alumni have continued on to attend Ivy League, Christian and other universities. One is working in the White House; another is a missionary in Uganda caring for more than 100 orphans. We won't take the credit, because we know where that goes: Glory be to God.

I would be negligent if I didn't mention that our mission is to partner with the family and the church -- three strands are not easily broken when weaving the future of our children.

Our music program is in a statewide competition in Denver, where we have received the highest honors. It would be irresponsible of us not to share their talents with you during the April 6 program. The performance will not disappoint those in attendance. Other students will be available to answer questions, and a student speaker will inspire you with her story.

The future of Christian Heritage School is deeply dependant on our community support and our precious families, who seek the value of non-denominational, K-12, college-preparatory Christian education. I am proud to be a part of such a close-knit, supportive group of parents because I am not only an administrator at CHS, but I am also a proud parent. I cannot express the gratitude in the relationships and partnerships of the many families who have contributed to this event.

Proceeds from our auction will go toward helping the families who cannot afford Christian education for their children. Several are single mothers who have amazing stories of their own. Some of the money goes to our underpaid, overly committed teachers and staff. We are privileged to have two members of our teaching staff with doctoral degrees and four with master's degrees; all our teaching staff members have at least a bachelor's degree.

We hope you can join us in our annual event. Call 879-1760 to make a reservation. Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served along with a variety of elegant desserts.

Keri Couchoud is the director of development at the Christian Heritage School. If you would like to submit a column for publication on the Education page, please contact Mike Lawrence at 871-4203 or mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com. Columns should not exceed 600 words.

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