Generosity is Everywhere

Our God is a generous God. From life and breath to music and sunsets, he has given us gifts that sustain us and make life beautiful. James tells us, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” Our response to this gracious God and Father is to be people who give of ourselves out of our abundance, especially since we know how sweet it is to receive in abundance from our creator.  

As The Geneva School prepares for Friday’s annual SALT Serveathon, we can see evidence of generosity from students, parents, and the local community. In less than two and a half weeks, students in all grades have raised almost $110,000 in donations by asking parents, grandparents, relatives, teachers, and friends to sponsor them for their day of service. We are well on our way toward reaching our goal of $150,000 and the proceeds of SALT will fund student scholarships.

Many people come together sharing resources, time, and money to make this day of service possible. Every gift matters, and the beauty of this experience is that every student from our oldest to our preschoolers can (and do!) contribute as well as grandparents, parents, friends of Geneva, and local businesses. Here are a few examples:

  • Two of our youngest students, Luke and Pearson, gave up their personal money in order to donate to their classroom projects. Here’s what happened: Luke received a LEGO set for his birthday and chose to return the set so that he could give the money to SALT. Pearson requested that no one open the door to his room one morning. Once he opened the door, his mom discovered that he had cleaned up his room with the hope that he could earn some money to give to school for SALT.
  • Four of our entrepreneurial grammar school students decided to host a lemonade stand to earn money for SALT.  These four prayed that they might earn $400 from their efforts. After a Saturday full of making and selling lemonade, telling their SALT story, and sitting in the hot sun, they closed up shop having earned $399.08. It was a joyful occasion as they experienced how their hard work bore fruit and evidence that God heard and answered their specific prayers.  
  • Local businesses have also been eager to help when asked. Both Publix and Costco have donated funds toward filling the Blessing Bags, the 2nd grade project. Florida Paints in Winter Garden provided all of the paint supplies necessary for the eighth grade house-painting project. When one of our parents went in to the Home Depot on Lee Road to ask for support, the manager grabbed a cart and began filling it with yard work supplies such as rakes and trimmers.

Generous in-kind contributions like these along with the pledges and sponsorships from students, teachers, family, friends of the school, and local businesses are threads that weave a living and beautiful tapestry that everyone can see: an action-packed fulfillment of Hebrews 13:16, where the writer encourages,”Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Jesus told his disciples,“whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” We are striving to be more like Jesus, and on this day of service, our hope is that by serving and learning together, we will, indeed, share what we have, serve our neighbors, and lay up our treasures in heaven. 

There’s still time to make a donation to SALT. Go to www.genevaschool.org/salt2018. Search for a specific student, become a sponsor, or make a general gift to Geneva.

 

Knights Errant

By Robert Ingram, Headmaster

 

We are the Geneva Knights. Let’s be the Geneva Knights Errant. Last spring I listened to the Audible recording for 12 hours of The Legends of King Arthur and His Knights, by Sir James Knowles. It was fascinating to realize how each of the legends began with the expectation and excitement that the knights would commit themselves to seasons, and even years, of seeking adventure wherever it may be found in service to the king and codes of heraldic chivalry. More often than not, adventures found them.

Over the summer I listened to the 11 book series of Horatio Hornblower and the adventures he encountered during the great age of sail on the high seas throughout his career in the British navy. Only last week I finished for the second time the fantastic British recordings on Audible of all 7 of the Chronicles of Narnia.

Each of these stories is rife with adventures; the word occurs more frequently than Aslan’s name in some of the books. The children are forever committing themselves to adventures for the sake of following Aslan and pursuing the good that he intends for them to do. Many involve harrowing escapes; faith is tested, virtues extolled, and yet they are willing to persevere unto the end.

There is a contagious spirit that prevails in King Arthur, Horatio Hornblower, and in Narnia. I love this genre and its adventuresome themes. This is what animates my moral imagination and supplies me with metaphors for understanding my calling in life.

I am hoping that each of us will regard ourselves as a Knights Errant, missionally committed to this adventure of Christian classical education. It requires an attitude, a decided level of energy, a sense of calling, a purpose to fulfill, and always has its sights set on attaining something good for the benefit of others.

Even after 25 very good years we have not even begun to know the length and breadth of the liberal arts landscape. There is more to this realm than we have experienced, and I am eager to explore it with you.

 

(This piece was part of a larger talk that Mr. Ingram gave to the whole school during faculty training.)

Thank You Note From a Newcomer

By Grace Herzog (11)

 

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis

 

We can probably all agree that changing schools in eleventh grade isn’t typically a wise move.  But then again, we all know Geneva is not a typical school. Here we are, only a few weeks into the year, and thanks to you I couldn’t feel more like a Genevian. Seeing how each of you so beautifully pursues Christ’s call to welcome the stranger reveals God’s goodness throughout this school – the “far, far better things” that I had so hoped for. You, my classmates, have shown me I am valuable both in your eyes and in God’s; our teachers have made me feel comfortable yet challenged in the classroom; and our administrators have helped me to feel encouraged about the present as well as the future. I know this might sound a little idealistic to some of you long-timers, but your school – well, now it’s our school– helps me see a world that is richer, more beautiful, and even more Christ-filled than before. So, thank you for all the words and all the ways of welcome. You truly are salt and light.

My Five Faves:

  1. Favorite New Thing:  Definitely lockers. Never have I ever had a locker. They’re life-changing.
  2. Favorite House:  Iona, of course. *shows off lovely new house necklace*
  3. Favorite Class: Currently, we have a seven-way tie for first, no joke.
  4. Favorite Geneva Tradition: Rhetoric retreat is the greatest. Also, how much everyone genuinely smiles at each other throughout the day.
  5. Favorite Future Thing: Lifelong friendships with wonderful people (+the shiny new campus next year).

 

(Originally appeared in our student-run newspaper, The Geneva Gazette.)

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September 20, 2019
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    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
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  • Progress Reports Sent Home (3rd-6th)

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • 6th Gr - TEAM Day

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:30 am- 2:30 pm
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  • 7th & 8th Gr - Moms Coffee

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
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  • MS Coed Soccer Home Game vs. Kingsway

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
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September 21, 2019
  • 7 & 8 Grade Choirs, Rhetoric Choir & Ladies Choir Retreat

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am- 1:00 pm
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  • JV volleyball Tournament

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
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  • Katie Kaples - Bishop Kenny High School

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 3:45 pm- 9:30 pm
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September 23, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • Moms in Prayer

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 8:15 am- 9:15 am
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • MS COED Soccer Home Match vs. Hope Charter

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
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  • 11th Gr - College Night for Juniors

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:15 pm
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September 24, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • National Punctuation Day

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 3rd Gr - Character Day

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 8:15 am- 3:00 pm
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • Girls MS Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
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  • MS Coed Soccer Away Game vs. Faith

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
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  • MS CC Meet at Trinity Prep

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:45 pm
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  • Girls JV Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
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  • Girls Varsity Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
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  • 7th - 9th Gr - Discovering Math at Geneva

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm
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September 20, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
    See more details

  • Progress Reports Sent Home (3rd-6th)

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
    See more details

  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
    See more details

  • 6th Gr - TEAM Day

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:30 am- 2:30 pm
    See more details

  • 7th & 8th Gr - Moms Coffee

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 8:30 am- 10:30 am
    See more details

  • MS Coed Soccer Home Game vs. Kingsway

    Date: September 20, 2019 - September 20, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
    See more details

September 21, 2019
  • 7 & 8 Grade Choirs, Rhetoric Choir & Ladies Choir Retreat

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am- 1:00 pm
    See more details

  • JV volleyball Tournament

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
    See more details

  • Katie Kaples - Bishop Kenny High School

    Date: September 21, 2019 - September 21, 2019
    Time: 3:45 pm- 9:30 pm
    See more details

September 23, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
    See more details

  • Moms in Prayer

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 8:15 am- 9:15 am
    See more details

  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
    See more details

  • MS COED Soccer Home Match vs. Hope Charter

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
    See more details

  • 11th Gr - College Night for Juniors

    Date: September 23, 2019 - September 23, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:15 pm
    See more details

September 24, 2019
  • US - A Schedule

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • National Punctuation Day

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 12:00 am- 11:59 pm
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  • 3rd Gr - Character Day

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 8:15 am- 3:00 pm
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  • LSC Convo

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 8:25 am- 8:40 am
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  • Girls MS Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
    See more details

  • MS Coed Soccer Away Game vs. Faith

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
    See more details

  • MS CC Meet at Trinity Prep

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 4:30 pm- 5:45 pm
    See more details

  • Girls JV Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
    See more details

  • Girls Varsity Volleyball Away Match vs. ICS

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
    See more details

  • 7th - 9th Gr - Discovering Math at Geneva

    Date: September 24, 2019 - September 24, 2019
    Time: 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm
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