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We recently began a new program to bring some of our alumni back to campus to speak to our students about their experiences and successes. In March, we invited Ray West, a graduate from the class of 1984, to speak with our seniors on the topic of, “The Perfect College Student. In his time at Nashville Christian School, Mr. West made three trips to the State Finals in track and participated in the State Wrestling Tournament twice while also being a part of a successful football team. Currently, Mr. West owns his own financial firm, Rayburn West Financial, after being an original founder of Pinnacle Bank and working in other financial institutions. It was great for our seniors to hear insight from Mr. West about his success over the past 30 years in the financial industry. He shared tips for our seniors that they can use during their college years to set themselves up for success in their careers. We will have more alumni on campus in the near future and look forward to the information that they will share with our students.
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.
The Eagle Parent Association, often referred to as the EPA, is the Nashville Christian version of a PTO. All of our NCS parents are automatically members of the EPA. We are honored to announce that since the EPA's inception in December of 2015 our organization has been blessed to contribute $70,000 back to Nashville Christian School. We raise money through a variety of fundraisers that include athletic concessions, the school Spirit Store and Trailer (during the football games), Athletic Club memberships and Trading Threads Consignment Sale to name a few. We also receive a portion of the Auction proceeds.
Some of the items purchased with the funds are:
- State Championship rings, shakers for the game, and pregame breakfast for fans, refinishing gym floors, new bleachers, weight room improvements, wall pads, uniforms, basketballs and other athletic needs
- New curtains for performances in the MPR, a new sewing machine and surger for drama department, musical instruments for the music department, and other fine arts needs
- Robots for the MS and HS robotics program, Reader Leader Program, school supplies, updated teacher workroom, alternative classroom seating for both elementary and high school, and other academic needs
- Back to School Bash and Splash, Father/Daughter Dance, sponsoring Spiritual Emphasis Week, supplementing school mission trips, Mickey Martin Memorial
And those are just a few of the many ways the EPA has helped our school and our students grow spiritually, academically, physically, and socially!
The EPA sponsors many events through the year that benefit our school either through funds raised or by promoting our NCS community. There are several events taking place this semester, so please mark your calendar and plan on volunteering and participating!
- Father Daughter Dance, February 10th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm (Kindergarten - 5th Grade)
- Trading Threads Consignment Sale, March 24th and 25th
- Spring Fling, April 22nd from 10:00am - 3:00pm (Community-wide event)
If you have ever participated in any of our events or bought food at an athletic event, we want to say THANK YOU for your participation and contributions! To sign up for volunteer opportunities, fill out our online volunteer form, or email Katie Ryckman at email@example.com.
If you have any questions about the EPA events, please contact any one of the EPA Board Members below.
Mike Campbell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Lee - email@example.com
Stan Kinslow - firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Marlin - email@example.com
Stoney Greenlee - firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Oberbreckling - email@example.com
Brett Simpson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Rickman - email@example.com
Leslie Robbins - firstname.lastname@example.org
Nashville Christian has a unique sense of community, and there is a deep level of commitment shown to our school by our parents, students, alumni and faculty. An integral part of that supportive community is the Eagles Parent Association (EPA). Every NCS parent is automatically a member of the EPA, whose commitment is to: strengthen the partnership between parents and the school to enhance student experience, raise funds for the benefit of school programs, and build community through events and volunteer opportunities.
The EPA raises funds through the Annual Auction Dinner, City Saver Sale, Trading Threads Consignment Sale, Eagles Athletic Club Memberships, selling advertising in the Athletic Program and on banners, Quarterback Club Memberships, Box Tops for Education, the Eagle Spirit Store, and all concessions at athletic events. Teachers, administrators, athletic teams, or other school groups and clubs can submit a request for funding their needs that go above and beyond regular school expenses. The EPA Board then thoughtfully considers these requests and works hard to spread the funding evenly amongst academic, athletic, fine arts and spiritual life needs to benefit all NCS students. Over the last two years, the Eagles Parent Association (EPA) has funded a long list of items and events for Nashville Christian School, almost too numerous to count!
Just a few of the needs they have helped fund in the past two years are PE supplies, playground equipment, a Reader Leader program, and alternative seating for multiple classrooms. The EPA purchased much-needed curtains for the many fine arts productions in our multipurpose room, and helped fund theater trips for NCS thespians. Our athletic department has received multiple athletic uniforms, equipment, transportation, and facilities upgrades. They also award two $1000 scholarships to graduating scholar athletes.
But the love and support has not been limited to our students. The EPA also provides birthday cakes for our teachers, a special lunch at Christmas, and they recently matched funds to remodel the high school teachers’ lounge. Last April they sponsored a parent seminar on “Being a Purposeful Parent,” and they have plans for future seminars on a variety of topics for parents.
The EPA has supported the spiritual growth of our students, families, and even alumni by purchasing a RightNow Media subscription. This “Netflix of video Bible studies” makes thousands of videos from all of the top Christian leaders and Bible teachers available to the NCS family for free! The EPA has also helped fund student mission trips to Mexico and New York City.
Beyond just providing funds, the EPA volunteers countless hours each year to execute fundraising events as well as managing all concessions for athletic events. They are also responsible for purchases and sales through the bookstore and trailer. These parent volunteers are essential to helping build the NCS community through events like the Back to School Splash, Back to School Bash, Breakfast with Santa, Father/Daughter Dance, and Spring Fling.
We’d like to say thank you to all who have given so much of their time and support through the EPA. If you have not yet signed up to volunteer or would like to know more about how you can get involved with the EPA, go to https://www.nashvillechristian.org/support-ncs/epa.cfm. And don’t forget the upcoming 2016 “Start Here, Go Anywhere” dinner and auction on November 12th! Tickets will go on sale after fall break.