LCA Celebrates Middle School Students at Annual Retreat
The Middle School students and a team of teachers and staff set off for LCA’s annual Middle School Retreat on Thursday and Friday, October 10 and 11. Up for Thursday: Grotonwood Camp. The day started with a joyful time of worship led by science teacher Mrs. Kathy Oliver on keyboard, and a team of students. The chapel rocked with joyful voices. Rev. Jeff Lane, Bible teacher, was the speaker.
The morning progressed with team competitions. “Ultimate Frisbee” and “Everything Goes” were played on the fields, and team building activities took place on the low ropes course. A team of Upper School students went along to assist. Following lunch it was back to the competitions and then to the waterfront for swimming and boating.
After the 6th grade left for LCA’s campus, the 7th and 8th grade prepared skits. The theme of the retreat was Dare to be Different. The skits were performed after a pizza supper and the evening ended as retreat days should: on the beach with s’mores and a bonfire. With great planning on the part of the Middle School faculty, everyone had fun. Students and chaperones returned to LCA tired; evidence of a great day!
Friday was a day of service and class activities. The students wore their “Lexington Christian Academy Serves” T-shirts. We hope you will see these shirts around a lot as we practice being the hands and feet of Jesus in our community. The 6th grade helped to prepare the LCA campus for Homecoming. Following a pizza lunch they were treated to a movie.
The 7th grade started with breakfast at LCA, thanks to parents. Afterwards, they worked at My Father’s House and Living Waters Ministry. After a bag lunch they went to Sully’s for ice cream.
The 8th grade worked in Lexington cleaning up two parks. They then went to the Museum of Science for an IMAX film.
Director of Middle School Dr. Kim Winsor was especially pleased with this year’s Retreat because of its building bonds and memories, and also serving to create foundations for the future. “Middle School is a time for social development,” Dr. Winsor affirms, “and one of our challenges as an independent school is providing time that is appropriately structured to help students build strong friendships. Our Retreat is an integral part of our program and is designed to provide the time and experiences that will allow students to get to know each other better. We also value the way that Middle School and Upper School students work together at LCA. Having Upper School students help at the Retreat allows Middle School students to see leadership in action. I appreciate the spirit of camaraderie between Middle School and Upper School.”
8th grade worked in Lexington cleaning up two parks