This past week, Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, has been National School Choice Week. What does this mean? According to the national website:
"National School Choice Week provides an unprecedented opportunity, every January, to shine a positive spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children.
Independently planned by a diverse and growing coalition of individuals, schools, and organizations, National School Choice Week features thousands of unique events and activities across the country. The week allows participants to advance their own messages of educational opportunity, while uniting with like-minded groups and individuals across the country.
Participants in National School Choice believe that parents should be empowered to choose the best educational environments for their children. Supporters plan events that highlight a variety of school choice options — from traditional public schools to public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online learning, and homeschooling.
National School Choice Week is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort. We welcome all Americans to get involved and have their voices heard."
Personally, I was not aware of this until Illiana’s principal, Peter Boonstra, wrote an email to our staff about it. He stated:
"Illiana Christian High School is founded on the premise that parents should choose their children’s schools. And the glib can argue that all parents are free to choose any school, but that is a cynical argument. The fact is that the cost of the choice for a Christian school is extremely high. It requires great sacrifice for most. Our society contends that we all should accept an educational system that provides a religion-free education to the masses. If we are zealous or wealthy, we can choose a religious school. Justice would provide parents a choice of a school that is consistent with their faith, giving families not freedom from religion, but freedom of religion.
This raises the question — Is Christian education worth the cost? And even more specifically, is Christian education worth the cost at Illiana? Without hesitation, you would hear a response in unison from our parents, students, alums, faculty and staff, that the Christian education at Illiana is absolutely worth every penny — and more! While attending Illiana for four years, our students receive a life-time of blessing, support, and preparation for whatever may lie ahead. Illiana is a community they can come back to visit, knowing they will always be received with open arms and cared for. The educational, personal, emotional and spiritual mentoring that is passed on daily by our teachers to students is second to none."
You’re invited to come and see firsthand our fantastic teaching staff at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 for Preview Illiana. You will be able to observe live teaching and tour the campus. See for yourself the rigorous academic environment that is permeated with a love for learning and an authentic love for God. Prospective parents and students interested in getting an inside peak at what we are all about, please come — I guarantee it will be worth it.
Registration is not required; feel free to call us if you have any questions at (708) 474-0515. Illiana Christian High School is at 2261 Indiana Ave. in Lansing.