Sharing: School encourages faith-based action
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.