New Spirit, One Heart
Each year EDS chooses a theme from which the school year will be shaped.
Teachers and administration toss around ideas for what a good focus would be that would help us grow as a community and institution. Once those ideas are narrowed down, then we look for scripture to apply to them. After discussion and prayer, a theme is settled upon. We share the touch points of the discussion that led us to consensus with our graphic artist who then creates a logo for us.
This year, our theme goes along with our new school leadership and the new way we are living together in community. The logo has a dove as a symbol of the Holy Spirit bringing to us God’s grace and peace. It has fire as a symbol of the energy and power that we find God’s love. It includes people, representing all of us at EDS, formed into a heart as a reminder that we are all in this together and together we are better.
Outreach is essential to our life at EDS as a Christian school. All of our students participate in outreach in various ways such as school-wide projects including gifts for children in third world nations, coat/clothing drives, Thanksgiving Food Drive, and dress down days to raise money for a variety of causes.
Middle School students participate in our Beyond EDS outreach program. Each student must complete fifteen hours of community service, helping those in need. However, most of our students go above and beyond this minimum requirement in cheerful service to the wider community, consistently amassing over 2,000 hours of service each year. The goal of the program is to give our students an opportunity to recognize the blessings of their own lives by giving to others and to nurture in them a life-long commitment to compassion and service.
Additionally, middle school students serve at least 5 Inside EDS hours, which may include volunteering with Fall Festival, helping teachers prepare their classrooms over the summer, and more. Whether it’s Inside EDS or out in the community, the opportunities to serve others are endless, and EDS students answer that call.