Children continue their K-12 education while on campus through our partnership with Summit Academy. Many of the kids arrive two or three grade levels behind other children their age because of the turmoil in their lives. The LRC will increase our number of classrooms, helping to create a better environment for school activities each day.
Centralized education and treatment areas in the LRC also will reduce transitions between classrooms. Change is very difficult for our residents, so this centralized approach will decrease stress and, in turn, limit the number of outbursts throughout the day.
Less stress also leads to a greater ability to focus on studies each day. Kids will begin to see their limitless potential and immeasurable value as they learn leadership skills that will not only benefit themselves, but also their future families.
Sunday church services will also be held in the LRC, and the additional classrooms will serve as breakout rooms for discipleship and small group activities for the children each week.
The children we treat have experienced various types of intense trauma that can impede their ability to control thoughts, emotions and actions. Research indicates that play and games can improve executive function, working memory and self-control in children with behavioral issues. Safe, healthy play also has been linked to increased feelings of safety, reduced levels of aggression and a readiness to learn.
In those playful moments when the kids can just be kids, they forget about the pain that brought them here, and instead they can be the wonderful, joyful and carefree children that God created them to be.
The LRC will also give our staff more room to interact with the kids in safe, loving, focused and playful ways while increasing opportunities for volunteers to be more involved with the children on campus through games, sports and the SPARK program.
The kids eat all meals and snacks during their time on campus. The space and capabilities of the new commercial kitchen in the Children’s Leadership and Recreation Center will enable us to provide more natural foods to our young residents while becoming better stewards by reducing waste and decreasing the overhead associated with daily meal preparations and food service. Research links healthy eating habits to better academic performance, increased cognitive function and improved mood. The Promise Project also includes renovations to the cafeteria.