Shar­ing: School en­cour­ages faith-based ac­tion

The Covington News - - RE­LI­GION -

The class is busy draw­ing pic­tures and mak­ing cards of en­cour­age­ment that will be sent to lo­cal cancer pa­tients as well as to St. Jude’s Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

Woodlee’s Chris­tian Academy raises ap­prox­i­mately $20,000 on Other’s Day. The chil­dren are en­cour­aged to send let­ters to 20 peo­ple ask­ing them to spon­sor their com­mu­nity ser­vice.

“We teach the chil­dren to put ac­tion with their faith,” Knight said. “You just ask and send out the let­ter and be­lieve God for the re­turn.”

Over the last two weeks, let­ters of sup­port have steadily come in av­er­ag­ing $700 a day in dona­tions.

“Last Wed­nes­day was a big day,” Knight said. “If the chil­dren sent out their let­ters, they got a free T-shirt de­signed by Woodlee’s Chris­tian Academy art teacher, Anas­tasiya Gazhenko. The logo was in­spired by Colos­sians 3:23, “And what­so­ever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Terri Knight has spent a life­time teach­ing and lov­ing chil­dren.

“God called me to this gen­er­a­tion of chil­dren,” Knight said. “This school is very much a king­dom work. Some of my mid­dle school chil­dren tell me that Woodlee’s is dif­fer­ent. When I asked why, they an­swered, “Here it re­ally is all about God.”

Knight’s par­ents Daisy and John Woodlee opened Woodlee’s Day­care on Old Salem Road in Cony­ers in 1970 and be­gan adding grades in the early ’90’s.

“My hus­band Wade and I bought the busi­ness in 1996,” Knight said. “We quickly out­grew the build­ing and rented class­room space in lo­cal churches.

In 2000, Terri and Wade formed a non profit or­ga­ni­za­tion called PEACE, Inc. Peo­ple Ed­u­cat­ing All Chil­dren Equally, d/b/ a/ Woodlee’s Chris­tian Academy.

“My par­ents pur­chased 60 acres and do­nated the prop­erty where our first build­ing is lo­cated,” Knight said. “Al­though my par­ents are re­tired, they con­tin- ue to be very sup­port­ive of the school.”

Wade Knight over­sees both fa­cil­i­ties and main­tains the grounds, build­ing and ve­hi­cles. Daugh­ter Ash­ley Daniel op­er­ates the orig­i­nal Woodlee’s Chris­tian Academy and Child Care Cen­ter Inc. lo­cated in Cony­ers.

Any­one in­ter­ested in in­vest­ing in the stu­dent body at Woodlee’s Chris­tian Academy and in spon­sor­ing this event may send their tax de­ductible gift to Woodlee’s Chris­tian Academy, 3915 High­way 162 S., Cov­ing­ton, GA 30016. The funds raised will be used to build a gym to in­clude a com­mer­cial kitchen and cafe­te­ria for the school. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Woodlee’s Chris­tian Academy at (770) 788-2770.

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