Sunday, February 21, 2016

Dreaming of Bigger and Better

In just six short months we will be celebrating ten years of business. At times, it feels like we just opened our doors yesterday. And yet, at other times, it feels like a lifetime ago when we welcomed our first student. What a whirlwind of an adventure owning Coastal Day School has been! There have been AMAZING moments that I have shared because of this business. Moments I would have never had the honor of being part of if it weren’t for our little school. And of course, there have been downright awful moments that we lived through, not knowing if it was ever going to get better. There were times in the last ten years that I counted pennies to buy groceries for my family, and other times that a family outing or vacation was only possible because of CDS. I’ve spent countless hours praising God for placing me in this position and just as many hours begging Him to make everything better. As I type this, I can truly say, I am grateful for it all. I am grateful for the good times for the obvious reasons but I am equally grateful for the bad times. It is in those times of despair that you find your passion and work hard for what you want. It’s in those times you test the limits of your commitment and truly find out what you are capable of. It is in those moments that the mission of Coastal Day School became clear to me and I decided it was worth everything I had to see our little school change lives.

Our mission at CDS is simple.

We want to provide a learning environment where students feel loved, safe, and respected, and where teachers provide a broad range of activities to help each child learn to the best of their abilities. We work hard to foster independence, growth, and friendships. We also strive to provide parents and staff with a community of adults that care for their family and will support them.

My staff and I work very diligently every day to make sure that we are doing just that. Facilitating a community, a family, that will support each other and grow together. We spend countless hours planning and preparing lesson plans, activities, and events for our families to participate in and enjoy. We spend time together, mentor each other, and help each other become the very best educators we can be. And in our opinion, we are just getting started.

We have dreams for CDS. BIG dreams. Wild, crazy BIG dreams.

We dream of building a facility that will meet the needs of our students and offer our teachers opportunities for growth they couldn’t find anywhere else. We dream of a school that will have spaces for our students to create, explore, and express themselves. We dream of a school that will provide our students with cutting-edge technology to prepare them for the world we live in. A school that has space to accommodate the whole family. A place that our community can utilize. A place that feels like home each time you enter it. A space that doesn’t have a line to get into the bathroom and has more than enough parking spaces :)

Like our success thus far, we can’t do this without your support. We would love your prayers along the way as well as any advice or suggestions you have. If you see a piece of property or building that would work, let us know! We will also be having several fundraisers to help with the crazy costs of everything that it takes to build a building or upfit a new space. Our first fundraiser will be a LuLaRoe Mom’s Night Out on Friday, March 11th at CDS from 7-9pm. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards our new building fund! It’s going to be a fun night with lots of cute clothing!! Here is the Facebook Event link if you’d like more information!

To everyone that has been there for us over the last ten years, thank you. Thank you for believing in us, trusting us, and encouraging us. Your love and support means more to me than you could possibly know. It is my hope that you feel the same from the entire CDS staff in return. 

With love,

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