Grade 8 student, Haragwan Knight helps Junior Kindergarten student, Caden Gillon, decorate his pencil to draw attention to Timothy Christian School’s 50th anniversary celebrations the weekend of June 28 to 30, 2013. Submitted Photo
Williamsburg – Students at Timothy Christian School (TCS) transformed 50 ordinary tree stakes into pencils to help celebrate their school’s 50th anniversary. The theme for the 50th school year is Lives Transformed from 2 Corinthians 3:18. To raise awareness for this milestone anniversary, students transformed plain tree stakes into beautiful artistic pencils—an instrument used in learning. The pencils, like 50 pink Flamingos when someone turns 50 years old, are to draw attention to the school and get people talking about TCS.
“Right from the beginning when the tree stakes were put up, people were asking what they were for—if we were building a fence,” said Mrs. Luchies, a teacher at Timothy Christian School. “For a few days students were in front of the school first priming and then painting their designs on the pencils. It was fun to watch the cars driving past slow down to see what was going on.”
The pencils will stay on the lawn of the school until after the 50th celebrations on the weekend of June 28 to 30, 2013. The community is invited to share in Timothy Christian School’s rich history of Christian education at an open house Friday evening from 7 – 9 p.m. and on Saturday by participating in a car rally in the morning followed by a barbeque lunch and some games/sports at the school. Tickets are also available for a celebratory dinner at the Dixon’s Corners Community Hall on Saturday evening with music, reflections, and entertainment. Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. everyone is invited to a praise and worship church service at the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church where a TCS alumnus will deliver a message reflecting on the theme and God’s faithfulness throughout the years. For more details and information on how to purchase tickets, please visit the school website at www.tcswilliamsburg.ca
The Timothy Christian School Society which runs the school was formed in 1955 by parents who wanted positive, God-centred education for their children. School operations began in 1963 in the old Dixon’s Public School building. In 1969, Timothy Christian School moved to its present location east of Williamsburg. “There have been many changes since the school was started in 1963, said Mr. Postma principal of Timothy Christian School. “Today, we have a gym, a computer lab, a Facebook page and a new play structure—some of those things were not even hoped for 50 years ago. But the one thing that hasn’t changed in all those years is our commitment to integrate faith with learning. We’re looking forward to celebrating our school’s 50th anniversary with a weekend of fun activities and many more years of Christian education in this community.”