New Covenant Christian School Partnership 2017 – Laurie Funk

When asked about his daughter being a student at New Covenant Christian School, Ron Grube replied, “I like sending Sarah to NCCS because I know she will get the support she needs in both spiritual and academic arenas. I also like that she has the ability to graduate from NCCS. It has a family vibe that I appreciate and I know that the teachers and staff care. It is not just a job.”

Beginning with two students in 2015-2016, this is the third year of the New Covenant Christian School – LVYFC® partnership. This year we have four LVYFC® students at New Covenant. Serving nearly 300 students, in K4 through 12th grade, NCCS offers it’s students small classes, PIAA sports and internships, as well as spiritual life classes within a dedicated and caring community of staff and teachers. It is our hope that through their academic experiences at NCCS and LVYFC ® our young people will be prepared to carry the light forward in both academics and faith.

Scholarship Student Updates

Brothers, Yamaliel and John Navarro Olivera are in 3rd and 7th grade. This is their second year at NCCS. At a meeting last week their teachers reported that the boys are more comfortable at New Covenant this year and are making good friends. John’s favorite classes are American History and Science. Mr. Coldren, John’s history teacher went on to say, “I wish I had a classroom full of students like John.”

Sarah Grube is in 5th grade at NCCS. Sarah really likes school. While eating lunch with her a few weeks ago, she praised her teacher Mrs. Demler and told me about her NCCS friends. She added that she really enjoys being a part of Kid Zone which is the after school care program because she can spend time with and help to care for the younger students.

Shamar Whitmore is now a SENIOR! Shamar’s school day begins at the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center where he is enrolled in the Law Enforcement and Security program. In the afternoons he is at NCCS for academic courses like Language Arts and Chemistry. Shamar is excited about graduating from High School. He has taken the SAT and is in the process of completing college applications and the FAFSA. In his words, “I attend New Covenant Christian School because it is a healthy community and you get to learn about the good news of Jesus Christ. Also, because it allows you to speak freely about your faith and you get to connect with your teachers.”

The resounding theme we hear from all of our LVYFC® New Covenant students and their families is that there is a strong sense of community at NCCS. It is that intangible quality of a family vibe (Ron Grube’s words) that make it a great place for students to sprout their faith, more evidence of Christ at work. Encouragement from and connection to adults who love and care about them is one of the strongest components that are necessary for positive youth development. We are grateful to the NCCS staff who are working alongside us to guide our students academically and spiritually.

After attending NCCS for two years, Natalie Rebert, who is now a 9th grader, has chosen to attend Lebanon High School. She has transitioned from Middle School to High School Club and continues to be one of our most faithful student leaders volunteering at Elementary School Club, the Lebanon Village Summer Program and of course special events like the annual LVYFC® Banquet. And, we congratulate Natalie for achieving first quarter Honor Roll!


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