by T.Mac Howard
Families feel all kinds of emotions with the start of school. Our family at Delta Streets Academy is no different. We are excited to see new faces and the ones who have been with us for years, be student or staff! With the new school year brings much change.
We will have roughly 30 new students enrolled this fall, bringing us to a total of 70 students along with 7 new staff members. Two staff are just teaching one period, one is a much needed full-time administrative assistant, one is a part-time math specialist, and three are full-time teachers. As far as returning staff from WPC, Elizabeth Barth is in her 7th year, Mischa McCray in his 6th year, Tate Johnson in his 2nd year, Sarah Waldrop in her 3rd year, and Gray Blocker in her 2nd year! Chris Lanclos will teach our 10th graders computer programming/coding each morning during first period.
Our building got another face-lift this spring/summer with the renovation of about 1,600 sq ft along with installation of turf for our new indoor practice facility. We had multiple volunteer groups and individuals who made both projects possible! This additional space will be used for a classroom and a multipurpose room for study halls, lunch, and possibly another classroom.
For the first time since we opened our doors in 2012, we finally have a complete staff except a football coach! With a full staff comes extremely high expectations. We are implementing our new Work Study Track where students job shadow three hours each day for 20 days at different businesses around town while taking academic classes in the morning.
As always, it is easy to get lost in the busyness of operating a school and forget why we started DSA in the beginning. Please pray that we stay on mission and continue to show the love of Christ each day to each student. Pray that God softens their hearts to be receptive to the Gospel, and through that transformation, pray that God uses our students to help impact HIS Kingdom!
DSA loves WPC! Thank you for your monthly support, prayers, and hours of volunteering!