Christian education should seek to develop disciples of Christ who love the Lord God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength (Mark 12:30). In our efforts to encourage the growth of young disciples of Christ, we invest a significant amount of energy in creating a Culture of Kindness in our school.
The Culture of Kindness initiative focuses on two main goals:
As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we know that genuine, lasting, inward transformation can only be fully brought about through a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered approach. That is why, at HCA, we are firmly committed to keeping the gospel front and center in everything we say and do, grounded in the Word of God and nourished by supportive community.
In addition to being Christ-centered, we are committed to maintaining a high standard of excellence in our educational program. Cultivating kindness and consideration for others has a direct impact on our teachers’ ability to teach and our students’ ability to learn inside and outside of the classroom. Visitors to our school will notice that calm, focused classrooms and common spaces like the lunchroom and hallways are a key feature of the educational experience at HCA.
We teach students to abide in Christ as they are nourished by the Word of God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and encouraged by the Community of Faith.
Specifically, we create a Culture of Kindness through weekly chapel services, a biblically-grounded, gospel-centered curriculum, the care and instruction of Christ-centered teachers, common management policies and practices, traditions such as the Daniel & Esther Awards and Kindness Council, and artifacts such as our Rock of Refuge and Kindness Wall.
You can partner with us in cultivating kindness in your own family, church and community. Post on social media examples of kindness you observe, using the #kindnesscounts tag, to spread the culture beyond the HCA community.