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Nerf Guns and Tutus

November 08, 2016
By Kate Hilts

‘Pick up your room and make your bed’. My kids have this on their daily chore list, and their end result is usually a wrinkly-made bed with books and toys piled on top or jammed in a basket. This was the case when I entered my daughter’s room to find her bed made (sort of) and items that previously cluttered the floor tossed on the worn comforter--two Nerf guns, her Bible, a long white tutu, and her current read, Geronimo Stilton: Los Prehistorratones. I usually don’t think much about the items I find plopped around our house, but I found this eclectic collection intriguing.

Initially, just seeing the Nerf guns next to the tutu made me chuckle--the undeniable influence of three big brothers! But then I noticed a common thread between all of these things: our school, NorthPointe Christian.  

The Bible and chapter book seem like an obvious connection--Christian and education. But at NPC, these books represent more than just Bible verses and learning to read. Academic excellence grounded in biblical truth is how NorthPointe “equips students to impact their world for Christ”.  My children are blessed to have amazing teachers who provide authentic learning experiences and individualized instruction. Teachers who weave biblical truth into every subject, who pray with them, who challenge them to do their very best and keep pushing forward.  

At NorthPointe Christian, students have opportunities to discover their God-given gifts and learn how to use these to bless others. Whether writing or wrestling, baseball or ballet (yes, that’s where the tutu comes in--the NorthPointe Ballet Company’s Summer Showcase recital), my kids learn the lasting lessons of hard work, teamwork, and honoring God through all you do.

As for the Nerf guns--well, no, these did not come from school (nor are they allowed at school!)--these are her brother’s.  My four children recently enjoyed a lively, but friendly, Nerf battle as we celebrated our oldest son’s 20th birthday.  I love how they can still laugh and play together, despite being far apart in age, how they pray for each other, and although they often bicker over the most ridiculous things, my heart is blessed when I hear them say to each other “I love you”.  

The pink Bible was a gift from her oldest brother and his girlfriend (that's why it is pink and has my daughter's name beautifully stamped on it!). Inside he wrote a note to her and highlighted a favorite verse--truly a treasure! These are family values in action. Values taught in our home and reinforced by all they do and learn at school.  

My husband and I are so grateful God led us to NorthPointe Christian Schools, and we are blessed to be part of this loving school community. And although NorthPointe has not taught them how to make a bed with hospital corners, I can't imagine being anywhere else.