Thank you to everyone who came out to the first tour last Saturday. About 50 people joined us to see the new campus and building. Our next tour is February 24. We would love to see you there.
While walking through the building on Saturday, it was obvious something is missing. Yes, we are missing some drywall and carpeting, but more importantly, what’s missing is students. As beautiful and modern as the building is and will be, it means nothing without students in it. We have been saying for a year and half now that this whole process is about building hearts and minds for Jesus Christ. Now that the building is rapidly progressing (and is on track to be complete in July), we need to start filling the building with students so we can start building their hearts and minds.
As enrollment is ongoing for next year, we are trying to get firm numbers of students who will be coming to the new Illiana. One of our targets is our feeder schools. We are always trying increase the percentage of each feeder school’s 8th grade class that comes to Illiana. These numbers have unfortunately been dropping over the last several years and we want to do what we can to bring these numbers up again. Another one of our targets is non-feeder schools in the area. We will be hosting two dinners for 8th grade parents at Little Italy in Dyer, IN. These dinners will be February 13 and 22 at 6:30 pm. The purpose of these dinners to give us the opportunity to present what we do at Illiana and to allow you to ask your questions face-to-face. We would love for every parent or guardian of an 8th grader to sign up for one of these free dinners. These events are for adults only, but are open to any parents or guardians of 8th graders from any school, feeder or not. Please help us spread the word about these events. These should be great nights with great food and a chance for us to tell you how we are not only going to build the mind of your child, but we are going to do our best to take care of their heart too. Click here to sign up for this event.
I know this blog is often dedicated to the building, but in the end like I always say, it is the stuff that happens in the building that matters most. I believe a Christian education is more important now than ever before and we have a great opportunity here to continue to build difference makers for God’s kingdom. Thanks again for your prayers and commitment to Christian education and to Illiana.