Closing out a school year holds so many memorable experiences. Here are some of the highlights and comments from our students. The annual sportsfest for both the elementary and high school students is a great time of physical and academic games after final exams. Student comments: “It is good to see everyone happy even though they did not win.” “This event instills sportsmanship in us…we learn to cooperate and be supportive of each other.” Over the last few months, the True Love Waits Philippines organization did some seminars for our high school students and their parents. Student reflections: “I am thankful that I gained new knowledge about the beauty in waiting.” “Being in a relationship while studying can be a hindrance. It is better to wait on the right time for the person intended by the Lord for you.” “We cannot deny that we are trying to find “the one,” but we must realize that it is God whom we should be seeking.” In the Philippines, 6th grade graduation is honored. To celebrate this accomplishment, our 6th grade students and their teachers recently had an overnight retreat at the Kids International Ministry Center in which they enjoyed games, swimming, and food as well as devotion activities. A previous teacher of CCS, Tommy Lutero, shared about the life of Joseph, to which many of the students could relate. God was working in hearts that night as a number of the students accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Teachers were able to pray with their students as well. As part of our curriculum, every two years our 9th and 10th grade students prepare for a cotillion and formal dinner to give them the skills and experience in honoring others in a formal setting. This year’s student responses: “I had reservations at first about the prom, but I realized that it is a great blessing to me because I have learned how to conduct myself in a formal setting. I know that this learning will benefit me in the future.” “I noticed that that night the men became gentlemen and the women gained such confidence about themselves.” “I have learned how to show respect to women.” “I have learned to be poised in my actions, which I do not usually do. I have learned that I can conduct myself in a formal setting.” “While I was listening about our class prophesy, I realized that dreams can be achieved if we work hard in our studies and trust God’s perfect plan.” “I am just grateful to the people behind the event, the teachers, the alumni and my fellow schoolmates. Without their efforts, this would not have been successful.” Nationwide every year, each high school level (7th-10th) creates a Filipino play based on Filipino literature. As a class project, the students go through the process of understanding the story, creating the script, determining respective roles, memorizing their lines and preparing the props and costumes. The project teaches students to lead, work as a team, and exert time, creativity and effort to achieve the class goal, discovering more about themselves and their classmates. While it is fun to see their acting and accomplished result, it is their character, developed through the process, that we rejoice to see most. This past week has been one of recognizing honors and celebrating successful completion and moving forward to the next grade level— shown here is the kindergarten moving up ceremony and 6th grade graduation. We also celebrated the successful completion of 19 10th graders who will be transferring to another school with partial help by vouchers received from the Philippine Department of Education. This is our 3rd batch of 10th grade completers, and we are very happy to see most of our completers continuing their schooling and also encouraging our CCS students to continue to strive in their personal growth and studies. While CCS is hoping within the next few years to offer senior high (11th-12th grade), the current reality is that some of our 10th grade completers will need help meeting their daily financial needs for food and transportation to continue their education. If you would like to consider sponsoring one these CCS 10th grade completers for about $40/month, please contact Dewey Bland ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) to see how you can help these students continue on to get their high school degree.