Hope: The Reason We Give

As we become immersed in preparing for and celebrating Christmas, we must never forget that we give gifts because we were given the greatest gift of all — God’s perfect Son came to earth in the form of a man to sacrifice Himself so that we might have eternal life. Sometimes, however, we need reminders about the true “reason for the season” …and sometimes those reminders come from surprising sources, from young minds.

At the start of this school year, HCS sophomore Jessica Bewley traveled with her family and some members of her church to Santa Emelia, Nicaragua, where they worked in medical, dental, and pharmaceutical missions. Recently in her Writing Skills class, Jessica had to write an essay in which she defined a term which is meaningful to her; she wrote about hope and how her definition of it changed as a result of that trip.

Desmond Tutu once said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” The Webster’s Dictionary defines hope as this: to want or to wish for something with a feeling of confident expectation. I do not believe that hope is always a verb, but an idea of light in the midst of darkness. I realized what hope was when I looked in the coffee-colored eyes of a young child in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. I found hope in a poverty-filled village where the thought of hope seemed to be hopeless. Read more

Christmas Mission Projects

“Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” – Deuteronomy 15:10

This year to share our giving spirit at Christmas time, HCS students and families are being asked to help two very worthwhile charities: Mission Byram and Toys for Tots.

Mission Byram is a service provided by Country Woods Baptist Church; its aim is to minister to the spiritual and physical needs of struggling people in the community through one-on-one biblical counsel, prayer, and physical provision. After receiving counsel, each client is offered the opportunity to shop for food and clothing. Mission Byram is currently ministering to over 500 people per month. For more information, visit the Country Woods Baptist Church website.

Toys for Tots is sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps and committed to helping all children experience the joy of Christmas. No child should have to wake up on Christmas morning without a gift. Your support will help touch the lives of many less fortunate children.

We are asking each Hillcrest student to bring one of the following:

1. non-perishable food items in support of Mission Byram


2. new, unwrapped toys in support of Toys for Tots

Please bring items to the front lobby of either the Lower or Upper school by Monday. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Reading Fair Is Rad!

Tuesday, November 28th, the Lower School held its annual Reading Fair, giving students an opportunity to share their favorite books and to gain a better understanding of elements of literature. They then creatively displayed the book’s most important features on a storyboard; as part of their presentation, readers also dressed up as a favorite character from the book. Reading Fair also helps students grow comfortable with public speaking. Most of all, however, it’s a ton of fun.