The Edmond Sun

Education

March 15, 2014

OCS H.E.R.O.E.S. Week raises $76,800

EDMOND — As H.E.R.O.E.S. (Hands Extended Reflecting Our Exalted Savior) Week drew to a close at Oklahoma Christian School, students had one more chance to empty their pockets and purses during their Minute to Give It.

The $76,824 OCS students raised this week went to Mission Generation to send biblically based textbooks to Bolivia.

Brad Scroggin, director of Mission Generation, said the money OCS students raised will help provide 13,000 students in Bolivia with a Bible-based morals and ethics curriculum, which is now required in the Latin American public schools.

“God has opened the door in Latin America for Mission Generation to provide biblical training in public schools in 17 different countries,” said Riley Rohrer, senior, and one of the three co-chairmen for the 2014 H.E.R.O.E.S. Week.

The other co-chairmen are seniors Peyton Vann and Mary Brown.

They led the week-long activities with the help of the H.E.R.O.E.S Royalty and activities planned for the students included a paint fight, powder-puff football, basketball, dodge ball and volleyball as well as an auction in which the teachers participated.

Students participated in “dares” and downed puppy chow by the buckets, Oreos, spicy pretzels and snow cones to add money to the final total.

With a high school enrollment of 275 students and 950 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, the students banded together working for the same cause.

“The week has been incredible,” said high school Principal Keith Campbell. “The students were careful to seek the Lord and find a great cause, take ownership of it and use their creativity to raise community awareness in order to raise the funds for Mission Generation.”

On hand to accept the fruits of the students’ labor were Mission Generation Director Brad Scoggin and Colin Krapff, who dressed the part of super hero Superman, alias Clark Kent.

“I dressed up as Superman to bring excitement to the week, especially to the students in the lower grades to get them really involved,” Krapff said.

He spent the week encouraging the students in the lower grades to become part of the activities happening in the high school. The students in the elementary school raised more than $7,000 while the middle school students raised more than $15,000.

“I think it is amazing the kids here are willing to raise money for kids in Bolivia who don’t have the same opportunities,” Scoggin said.

Another Mission Generation worker, Jenny Hernandez, said it is all about salvation and seeing children grow up with morals and sharing Jesus with them.

“The children share Jesus with their families,” Hernandez said, “and government reports tell us they are supportive of what Mission Generation is doing.

“The principles and values of our Bible-based texts are helping our students know God.”  

Headmaster Al King told the students that the program has been successful because the students behavior has changed and through the biblical based teachings the children are learning morals and values and respect for others as they become more loving and social and are developing responsibility and friendships.

“The answer to any problem is to teach God’s principles and values,” King said.

“You students are helping change people’s lives and having a purpose makes us realize God loves us and has a plan for us.”

This is King’s first time to experience H.E.R.O.E.S. Week and he added when he thinks about the week he will think of the seventh graders taping one of the middle school teachers to the wall.

“This week has had a real tangible impact on advancing the Kingdom of Heaven,” King said. “Our students have shown they have a heart for the word, and whole families will be changed because of what you have done.”

Altogether, OCS’s mission-focused H.E.R.O.E.S. Week has raised more than close to $560,000 to benefit the local community and world since 2003.

Brad Scroggin, director of Mission Generation, said the money OCS students raised will help provide 13,000 students in Bolivia with a Bible-based morals and ethics curriculum, which is now required in the Latin American public schools.

“God has opened the door in Latin America for Mission Generation to provide biblical training in public schools in 17 different countries,” said Riley Rohrer, senior, and one of the three co-chairmen for the 2014 H.E.R.O.E.S. Week.

The other co-chairmen are seniors Peyton Vann and Mary Brown.

They led the week-long activities with the help of the H.E.R.O.E.S Royalty and activities planned for the students included a paint fight, powder-puff football, basketball, dodge ball and volleyball as well as an auction in which the teachers participated.

Students participated in “dares” and downed puppy chow by the buckets, Oreos, spicy pretzels and snow cones to add money to the final total.

With a high school enrollment of 275 students and 950 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, the students banded together working for the same cause.

“The week has been incredible,” said high school Principal Keith Campbell. “The students were careful to seek the Lord and find a great cause, take ownership of it and use their creativity to raise community awareness in order to raise the funds for Mission Generation.”

On hand to accept the fruits of the students’ labor were Mission Generation Director Brad Scoggin and Colin Krapff, who dressed the part of super hero Superman, alias Clark Kent.

“I dressed up as Superman to bring excitement to the week, especially to the students in the lower grades to get them really involved,” Krapff said.

He spent the week encouraging the students in the lower grades to become part of the activities happening in the high school. The students in the elementary school raised more than $7,000 while the middle school students raised more than $15,000.

“I think it is amazing the kids here are willing to raise money for kids in Bolivia who don’t have the same opportunities,” Scoggin said.

Another Mission Generation worker, Jenny Hernandez, said it is all about salvation and seeing children grow up with morals and sharing Jesus with them.

“The children share Jesus with their families,” Hernandez said, “and government reports tell us they are supportive of what Mission Generation is doing.

“The principles and values of our Bible-based texts are helping our students know God.”  

Headmaster Al King told the students that the program has been successful because the students behavior has changed and through the biblical based teachings the children are learning morals and values and respect for others as they become more loving and social and are developing responsibility and friendships.

“The answer to any problem is to teach God’s principles and values,” King said.

“You students are helping change people’s lives and having a purpose makes us realize God loves us and has a plan for us.”

This is King’s first time to experience H.E.R.O.E.S. Week and he added when he thinks about the week he will think of the seventh graders duck tapping one of the middle school teachers to the wall.

“This week has had a real tangible impact on advancing the Kingdom of Heaven,” King said. “Our students have shown they have a heart for the word, and whole families will be changed because of what you have done.”

Altogether, OCS’s mission-focused H.E.R.O.E.S. Week has raised more than close to $560,000 to benefit the local community and world since 2003.

 

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