For some individuals, doing good is of their blood. It is simply a part of who they’re, and so they do not perceive why others appear to make an enormous deal about their charity and selflessness. Arianna Anderson, a 2022 graduate of Bridgeway Academy and winner of our Excellent Service Award, is amongst them. “Receiving the Excellent Service Award was very stunning!” mentioned Arianna humbly. “Unexpectedly, positive. I by no means anticipated to be rewarded for serving to individuals!”
However in an more and more fragmented nation and world, it is so vital to actually recognize and acknowledge residents like Arianna for his or her tireless efforts to make the world a greater place for all.
Arianna’s Humanitarian Efforts
Earlier than becoming a member of Bridgeway Academy, Arianna took half in a world missionary tour along with her personal Christian highschool. She and a bunch of scholars excitedly made their method to Santa Maria de Jesus in Guatemala to work with a company known as Catalyst Assets, which works with church buildings to assist the Guatemalan individuals.
Whereas in Guatemala, Arianna and her classmates exhausted themselves engaged on constructing three household properties whereas nonetheless discovering time to spend half their days educating the Vacation Bible Faculty to the youngsters of the village. . Along with constructing three household properties, Arianna and her fellow missionaries supplied beds, a kitchen desk, and a water filter system for the households. Maybe most rewarding, they have been capable of dedicate the homes to any household.
“The Guatemalan individuals have been extremely grateful and gracious,” explains Arianna. “I beloved it and it gave me a need to pursue missionary work and work with kids.”
Arianna adopted her dream of working with kids for six hours each different Sunday throughout her church’s Sunday Faculty program. And he or she presently works at a Jewish kindergarten as a trainer’s assistant and loves each minute of it. “I hope to proceed to empower kids and make them really feel seen and precious.”
Homeschooling with Bridgeway Academy
Homeschooling has modified the lives of Arianna and her household. She and her sister selected to enroll in on-line faculty for 2 years as a result of their faculty was so massive and so they weren’t getting the assistance or consideration they wanted from lecturers. Arianna attended personal faculty for a 12 months, however then her household moved mid-year (as army households typically do) from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Norfolk, Virginia, after which she enrolled at Bridgeway Academy and stayed with us for 2 years. This opened Arianna’s eyes to the world of alternatives that homeschooling affords.
“Homeschooling gave me the liberty to work at my very own tempo, take core courses, and take part in exterior actions,” she mentioned. “I actually appreciated that I might take reside, self-study and classes at my very own tempo. I might additionally take school programs and earn credit whereas in highschool (by our Faculty NOW twin enrollment program). It was nice to have the pliability to take courses that additionally suited my studying model.”
Arianna’s typical homeschool day with Bridgeway Academy consisted of, in her phrases, “breakfast, activate my laptop and get my cat!” She was additionally capable of plan her week and keep forward of her assignments, giving her loads of time for subject journeys and different enjoyable (but academic) actions, similar to taking artwork courses at native studios, studying to dive, occurring street journeys, visiting museums, take cooking courses and play soccer at her native YMCA. Arianna additionally spent a whole lot of time at her church and volunteering…in fact.
“I discovered homeschool useful to me as a result of I might go at my very own tempo and never wait for college kids to catch up,” Arianna defined. “It decreased my nervousness and allowed me to take part in different actions, similar to neighborhood service and journey.”
Betsy Pleasure Wilcox, Arianna’s educational advisor at Bridgeway Academy, was on the trip. The Andersons definitely appreciated all the assistance and help that Betsy Pleasure supplied throughout their two years at Bridgeway. “She was superb!” gushed Deb Anderson, Arianna’s mom. “She was at all times responsive and useful, even on weekends!”
This advisor/household relationship was definitely not one-sided. Betsy Pleasure returned her appreciation for Arianna and the Andersons…after which some. “It was an honor to work with Arianna and her household,” she mentioned. “My interplay, dialog and educational planning with Arianna has impressed me a lot along with her dedication and dedication to private success and educational integrity.
“That is evident not solely in her private life and educational achievements, but additionally in the way in which she takes care of her neighborhood,” continued Betsy Pleasure. “She is definitely a flexible and profitable pupil, but additionally an impressive particular person and younger girl! Nice issues await her for her life.”
Life after commencement
Not surprisingly, Arianna wasted no time attending to work throughout her final summer time earlier than school. She was already touring by New England when she graduated from Bridgeway Academy in early June. Presently, Arianna is finishing her Affiliate in Utilized Science (AAS) diploma in early childhood schooling from Tidewater Group Faculty in Norfolk and can proceed her undergraduate schooling at Previous Dominion College within the fall.
Earlier than then, nonetheless, she plans to work at a kids’s exercise heart on the Norfolk Naval Base over the summer time, whereas additionally collaborating in week-long outreach occasions by her household’s church — one thing Arianna cares about. Not just for her religion and to assist her neighborhood, but additionally for socialization.
“Our church is a worldwide church, with individuals coming from everywhere in the world,” she mentioned. “I get to take part in a whole lot of enjoyable issues like outreach, reside album recording and different actions that I feel assist me keep socially present and cozy in social settings.”
Of larger significance, nonetheless, is the goodwill Arianna can deliver to others by her church. And it is that goodwill that basically units Arianna other than the remaining, which is why she is such a deserved recipient of our Excellent Service Award.
“I like having the ability to assist individuals after I’m ready to assist them with issues they want,” Arianna mentioned. “It’s satisfying after I can deliver pleasure and be used for one thing good. To see what God can do by me.”
You make Bridgeway Academy proud, Arianna, and we all know you’ll proceed to take action in your future endeavors.
To be taught extra about how Bridgeway Academy can present the homeschooling flexibility you are in search of, name us at 1-800-863-1474 to talk with a homeschooling professional.
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