Since its beginning in 2001, Weatherford Christian School has been actively involved in the community with the mission of raising up students and training them to be Christ-centered leaders.
WCS held a fundraising gala, titled "Picturing the Future of WCS," Saturday to help raise the funds needed to support the school’s growth.
Starting with just 68 students, the school now teaches over 200 students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. Just this year, the school’s enrollment increased by 35 percent, leading to the decision to build a secondary building with construction scheduled to start April 1.
The WCS graduates of these first five years since their first graduating class have already been offered a total of more than $4 million in scholarships and are attending universities all over the nation, some already graduating with honors and entering the work force.
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"Our graduates are excelling not only in their post secondary education but in their professional careers as well," said Head of School Courtney McKeown.
While at WCS, students prepare for that further education and future career, but also learn to serve the community as they participate in partnerships with 30 different missions’ organizations, some local and others even international.
Looking toward the next year, McKeown said they plan to complete the secondary building for the fourth-12th grades and add AP science, social studies and English courses as well as an elementary baseball team – an announcement that brought cheers from some parents in attendance.
Earlier this year, over about five-weeks, WCS received more than half a million dollars in donations. Money raised through the fundraising meal and its silent and live auctions will complement those donations that will bring their plans to reality.
"God’s hand is on WCS," McKeown said. "We look forward to the coming year."
Brad McCoy, father of University of Texas’ former and current quarterbacks Colt and Case McCoy and a coach for 28 years, was the event’s featured speaker.
McCoy quoted President Abraham Lincoln as saying that if he was given eight hours to cut down a tree, he would take six hours to sharpen his ax. McCoy said that is exactly what WCS is doing – thoroughly preparing students for any mission they might face.
"Prepare the child for the path," McCoy quoted his own mission statement. "Not the path for the child."
McCoy praised WCS for and encouraged them to continue preparing students for their future and not merely protecting them from it. He said those shielded from that future have "never been allowed to fail or succeed on their own," and may not be prepared when they one day face an issue without their parents’ protection.
Instead McCoy says WCS can prepare their students by sparking a passion in others, raising their game to improve their performance and accomplishing their mission while serving with their heart.
"If we’re not serving the school with our heart, then our motives are wrong," McCoy said.
In the silent, super silent and live auctions, WCS raised thousands of dollars as they auctioned off items donated by local business such as a suite at a Texas Rangers game and a buck hunt and even sold a painting that the artist painted on stage during the auction.
"We are humbled by the experience," McKeown said of donations received, even when they were not seeking them. She says they take this as a sign that they are heading in the right direction.
Music during the silent auction and the meal was provided by Kevin Townson, director of the Childbloom Guitar Program in Weatherford, and his students. Brent Baker, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Weatherford College and co-host of 89.5 FM radio’s morning show, served as emcee for the event.