2020 Matching Gift Challenge

by Renee T. Doyle, Headmaster

Dear Friend of Genesis Classical Academy:

Christmas greetings from the Board, staff, students, and families of Genesis Classical Academy. What a different world we live in since we wrote last year!

And yet, at Genesis Classical Academy, we have received many blessings in the midst of this most difficult year: a beautiful campus on five acres, the addition of 9th grade, completing our first quarter fully in-person and on-site, highly-qualified new staff, our own hot lunch program, an expanded music program, and a developing athletic program. And 91 beautiful students.

With the blessings have come new challenges. Owning our own building adds additional expenses, and as our enrollment increases, our scholarship program is vital to carrying out our goal of turning no child away for financial reasons.

Jeremiah 12:5 – “If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?

Jeremiah 12:5 is our theme verse this year. God warns Jeremiah that, if he thinks the times are tough now, how will he keep up in the days ahead. And if Jeremiah can’t navigate where it is safe, how will he manage where it is dangerous? At Genesis, we take this challenge to heart. We know that preparing students for the world today is not good enough. We must be preparing them for the world to come. It is fun to watch the Genesis students who started in fourth grade become high-schoolers this year. Their thoughts, actions, and discussions reflect wisdom, a spiritual understanding, and education beyond their years. But in just three years, they will graduate, and we hope and pray that these students, who have been in training to “run with horses,” will be leaders.

This year, we are asking our donors to “run with horses.” Now more than ever, we are asking you to partner with us in educating a generation that loves God, our country, and family. Our seed donors have given us a $55,000 challenge, and they will match your contribution, dollar-for-dollar, up to $55,000 for a total of $110,000. This is huge! This challenge is $15,000 more than last year. Our seed donors realize that Genesis is an investment worth digging deep to support. It is bearing good fruit!

All donations must be in by December 31, 2020, and pledges will count too!

Will you help us match every dollar of our $55,000 challenge so that our existing families, and those who are asking, can afford a Genesis education? You can make one donation or pledge multiple payments over the next year. Both count toward the $55,000, but your donation or pledge must be in before December 31, 2020! Please consider investing in something that never deteriorates. Please invest in a legacy – a new generation of young people who know the Lord, and are called according to His purpose.

Will you help us “run with the horses” in 2021? God is doing something miraculous and supernatural in this little part of the world. Thank you for being part of it!

God bless you,

GENESIS CLASSICAL ACADEMY

What our students are saying about their Genesis education:

“I came to this school in the fourth grade, which would have been the first year that Genesis opened its doors. I was not the kindest kid or best of children. The best way I would be able to describe myself at the time is ungrateful and unappreciative. In fifth grade I was given an out-of-school suspension from Genesis for repeated and blatant disrespect of the teacher and equipment. Looking back, that is what has made me realize that going to Genesis is a privilege that lots of children don’t have. We get a private education that combines classical education and the bettering of every child’s knowledge of Christ.”

“I came to Genesis in the fall of 2017, and I had just moved to a whole new town, and I didn’t know anyone who lived there. At my old school, I was failing almost all of my classes because I was not trying. I was not trying because the teachers didn’t personally care about my grades, and the work was too easy, and it didn’t make me challenge my own ability. What I needed was a place where I could not only have the freedom to talk about religion in school with other people, but also a place where the teachers can have time to focus on each individual student. I firmly believe that if I hadn’t made the life-changing decision to come here, I would be in a much darker place.”

“Genesis is more than a school to me because I have loving friends here with a very high education. I have the best teachers that understand everything you’re going through. During this pandemic, it’s been rough for all of us, but I know that if I need help with any of my work, I can Zoom with my teachers, and they will take all of the time I need to get it right. They come up with ways we can be our normal selves.”

“I came to GCA when I was going into third grade. It was the first year that GCA opened in 2015. I didn’t know who was going to this school, but my family and I took a leap of faith. As I got older, I really started to understand what they were teaching us. There is a battle we can’t see with our eyes – a spiritual battle. In 2019, I decided to try a different school. My friends wanted me to try it and see if I liked it. So right off the bat, I only had one true friend, and she wasn’t in any of my classes. At that school, no one showed respect to anyone. In 2020, I told my parents that I wanted to go back to GCA! I have created a relationship with God again and have realized how lonely I truly was. I hope that other kids will have the chance to come here and get to know our Creator, and be loved.”