When Worthington Christian Schools (WCS) opened in 1973, I was one of 123 students enrolled. Doug Custer taught our sixth grade class of 16 that met in the basement of Grace Brethren Church (GBC) as we waited for the new building to be completed. I remember fondly the pride we felt when we finally moved into our new school.
Nearly 35 years after graduating from WCS, I’m privileged to be back serving in the areas of alumni relations, communications, development, and marketing. I’ve often reminisced about my days as a WCS student and how it shaped and influenced my life and my decision to send all five of my children to Christian schools.
The passion-filled challenges of Coach Dave Dillon in Bible class to the accountability of Geometry teacher Steve Rand to meet class requirements to play sports, and of course, the countless hours spent under the tutelage of Coach Marcy Jundt outside the classroom are just a few of many recollections. These people and there are numerous others, left an indelible imprint on my life.
Not unlike today’s students, I never stopped to consider what it took to make my WCS experience possible. I’m forever grateful to Pastor Jim Custer and the 13 men he assembled to pray, to volunteer, and to give for WCS to become a reality for my 2,500 fellow alumni and me. Hundreds of other prayer warriors, tireless volunteers, and sacrificial givers have carried on the tradition which began 40 years ago.
Each student and graduate have a story to tell. Together we contribute to the larger story of Worthington Christian Schools – the story of what God has done and continues to do as we seek to develop in students the mind of Christ as they engage in the intellectual, creative, and physical pursuit of truth.
Will you join me in prayerfully considering the role God has for you in WCS’ ongoing story?
Polly Jenkins Shoemaker (WCS ’80)
Director of Advancement