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At Nashville Christian School, the safety of our students is of the utmost importance, and we have made many additions and changes to our campus to ensure that safety. Today, we took another step towards providing the safest possible environment for our students by training with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Trauma team and the Stop the Bleed® program. In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, it was discovered that many lives might have been saved if severe bleeding could have been controlled until help arrived. In response, surgeons from the American College of Surgeons formed a group with other experts in the field of emergency medical care and Stop the Bleed® was eventually born.
When a life-threatening injury occurs, a person can bleed to death in five minutes or less. With estimated emergency service response times at a minimum of six minutes in Nashville, knowing how to “stop the bleed” can save a person’s life! All faculty and staff at Nashville Christian took part in training today provided by Vanderbilt University Medical Center Trauma team. Everyone who participated learned how to use pressure, pack a wound, and apply a tourniquet.
Thanks to the Eagles Parent Association, Nashville Christian also became the first school in middle Tennessee to supply every classroom with a Stop the Bleed® kit. The kits include gauze, gloves, scissors, a tourniquet and other essential items. Now families can feel a little safer knowing that every staff member is trained to take life-saving steps in the event of severe injury, and every room is equipped with a trauma kit.
See Fox17’s live coverage of this morning’s training by clicking here (timestamp 2:44:45 and 3:27:02). Tune in to Fox17 news at 4:00pm and 5:00pm tonight to see the full story they did highlighting Nashville Christian School’s efforts. For more information about this training, go to stopthebleed.org.
NCS will be hosting our 11th Annual Hoops "4" Hope Pink Out on February 4th during our basketball game against Goodpasture. Funds raised during this event go to help someone in the NCS family who is battling breast cancer. This year, we have two NCS alumni as our beneficiaries, and we thought you might like to know a little more about these courageous women you will be helping. Here are their powerful stories:
Lindsay Loring King (class of '95)
In 2014, I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and went through chemotherapy. By the middle of 2015, I was in remission. There was no cancer showing anywhere in my body. I continued to go to my oncologist every 30- 60 days, and everything was great!
In October of 2017, I went to my oncologist for my routine appointment, and an ultrasound was done, which showed that the cancer had returned. It was in the same side and had also spread to lymph nodes. My oncologist was blown away because of the fact that I have no family history, my age is fairly young, and I had a double mastectomy and the strongest chemotherapy that I could have had in 2014-2015. I began treatment in 2018, and in February of 2019, a pet scan was done to see if anything had spread, and to determine if I would be a candidate for surgery. The pet scan showed that the tumors were all the same size, maybe a little smaller. My oncologist then submitted my case to the "tumor board,” a team of surgeons. They said that I was not a candidate at that time because of the size of the tumors. I started on new medications and then in 3-4 months they wanted to do another pet scan.
On June 13, 2019, I had another pet scan, and that was the time I got the news that no one wants to ever hear. My cancer had spread to both lungs. My cancer is not operable. I have stage 4, terminal metastatic breast cancer that is in my breast, lymph nodes and both lungs.
I will continue treatments for the rest of my life. I have four children, and that is why I fight every day.
Mallie Wilson (class of '11)
I graduated from NCS in 2011. I now work with a therapeutic foster care agency as a case manager, and I love it!
I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer July 3, 2019 and immediately started treatment. I have been going through chemo since then and now have my surgery scheduled for February 5th (lucky timing, right? lol). I will be having a double mastectomy with reconstruction.
I can remember cheering at these games when I was a student at NCS, but I never imagined I would be so personally impacted by breast cancer myself. I am so grateful to this school and all the things they do to help the community. Thank you so so much again for thinking of me! Y’all have no idea how much this helps!
We will have several opportunities for you to give a donation the night of the Pink Out. We will have a soup supper beginning at 5:00pm and continuing throughout the games until we run out. We only ask that if you choose to eat, please leave a donation in the bucket. We will also play the Heads or Tails game for an awesome prize during halftime of the girls game. Tokens will be sold for $10 for your chance to play. Last year the prize was a 32” TV! If you can't make it to the game, please consider making a donation to help these young women by clicking here.
If you would like to add a friend or family member’s name to the game program please email Ashley Page their information. We will have a section for survivors and those who have lost their courageous fight. Please also let me know if you are a survivor or know of a survivor that will be coming to the game. We would like to make sure to honor everyone!
If you would like to be a sponsor of this event, please contact Ashley Page at email@example.com or 356-5600 ext. 114. Any donations are greatly appreciated! Thank you for continued support!
We recently celebrated our 100th day of school in the elementary grades (only 80 more to go – YAY!). Each class did something special to celebrate. Some students wore shirts with 100 things on them, some brought 100 small items to share, and kindergarten students followed tradition by dressing as 100-year-old people! The 5th graders actually celebrated their 1,000th day of school! 180 days per year for kindergarten through 4th grade and 100 days of 5th equals 1,000 days! To celebrate, they did lots of "grand" activities including dressing grandly in top hats, boas, bowties and fancy costume jewelry. As a special treat, Mrs. Shelton invited all of the students to a balloon party in her office, and the "Grand Finale" was spent with the grand fifth graders popping all 100 balloons.
One special activity we wanted to share with you was how some of our students reflected on the past 100 days. 4th grade teacher Shelley Greenlee asked her students to write one word that described their 100th day at NCS. Here’s what some of them had to say:
Family – Family is my one word. I chose family because this school treats everyone like family. I think of my friends as brothers and sisters. NCS makes me feel at home. The spirit of this school is amazing. NCS is home, family, sweet, calm, awesome, warm, nice, and cool, and I love it. – Bella Petty
Awesome – The only word I can use is AWESOME. I could do a million other words added to that, but awesome is the best word that fits how amazing the past 100 days have been. I loved the school the minute I stepped into this room. -Will Fiala
Fun – The whole class is fun, the whole grade is fun, even the whole school is fun. The high schoolers are so nice. Like if you say hi to them, they usually say hi to you or ask how your day is going. – Bekton Ost
Excellent – There are a million reasons why I chose this word, but the main reason is because it is just the best! Mrs. Greenlee has taught me sooooo much! I love my new school, and I always will. – Kingston Wells
Loving – I chose loving because the students at this school have stepped out of their way to make me feel like I belong here. – Eli Wells
Happy 100 days of school!
It was such an honor to have author Linda Ragsdale on campus to read her book The Peace Dragon to all of our elementary students during “Warm up With a Good Book Day.” This is a special day each year when elementary students come to school in cozy pajamas and rotate through each elementary classroom for a read-aloud and fun activity. The fun goes on all day long, and the kids really enjoy learning new things and meeting amazing authors like Linda Ragsdale.
Mrs. Ragsdale is a survivor of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack. She had plans to teach a young friend named Naomi how to draw a dragon later that day. Naomi and her father were killed in the attack, and the dragon they planned to draw became the inspiration for Mrs. Ragsdale’s book The Peace Dragon. The dragon in the book spreads a message of peace and teaches children about the power of their words and the importance of accepting others with an open heart.
Mrs. Ragsdale came ready to entertain and inspire, and the kids were enamored with her bright purple hair and adorable dragon costume. As a special reminder, Mrs. Ragsdale left each class with their own paper dragon that they could name to watch over their class and remind them they always have the choice to speak words of peace and love instead of spewing fiery ones.
Our special thanks to Linda Ragsdale for making “Warm up With a Good Book Day” extra special, and for sharing her special message of peace with our students!
Learn more about the author and The Peace Project at thepeacedragon.com.