News from CAK
Earlier this month, I just had to squeeze and thank Mrs. Terri Hankins for always bringing such a sweet joy and spirit into our building. Terri has two middle school students, Ethan and Hannah, and one elementary school student, Blake. People like Terri are a gift to our community. Her joy is contagious and her positive attitude about making a difference in our school is so heartfelt, encouraging, and genuine. Mrs. Giles recently spent some time discussing Terri’s thoughts about our school in a brief interview:
How many years have you been a part of the CAK community?
In what ways are you involved at CAK?
I have served as room mom for multiple years with all three kids. I love to help the teachers by working in the workroom. Now I volunteer in the clinic. I’m helping in preschool extended care and substituting. I always help with the music programs and serve as one of the middle school event coordinators with the WPA.
Why did you choose CAK for your family?
I first came to CAK for a program that my nephew was involved in and remember seeing scripture all over the walls and the administration praying over the kids. I didn’t even have kids at that time but knew that’s what I wanted for my kids someday.
What parts of the elementary school are your favorite?
I love that it is a safe place for my kids to come, not just physically but also a safe place to share their thoughts and grow in their relationship with the Lord. I love the community we have here. Right now, I feel called to serve here instead of in my career field. This isn’t just a community for the kids but also for parents as we are all on this journey together. I love how well-rounded the school is, really campus-wide. Obviously, we value Christian education and academics, but I feel that there is something for everyone here at CAK. There is a place for everyone to fit in from preschool all the way to our seniors in high school. It’s a place to belong.
What advice would you give to families looking for ways to be involved on campus?
Don’t be passive- there are so many ways to serve, and there is such a need. If you want to serve you can find a place- just don’t be passive. Even when I worked, I volunteered on my days off so that my kids’ teachers would have more time with their families.
I am so thankful for all those, like Terri, who faithfully work behind the scenes supporting our mission, loving our students, and solving issues as an act of service to our school. Please consider how God may be leading you to make our school better!
We are SO EXCITED to see you at our annual Back-to-School Picnic on Thursday, August 8 from 5:30-8:30 pm! There will be fun activities for the entire family including food trucks, sports, and meeting your friends!
Line up includes:
- 5:30 p.m. - ES, MS, HS Buildings Open, Students May Set Up Lockers
- 6:00 p.m. - Food Trucks Begin Serving
- 6:30pm - CAK High School Girl's Soccer Scrimmage
- 7:00 p.m. - CAK Middle School Football vs First Baptist Academy of Powell
Food offerings include:
- Waffley Good
- Hawg Dawgs
- Empire Pizza
- Knox Dough
- Softee Serve
- Smoky Mnt. Snow
Before coming to CAK, school was horrible for my son. His 5th-grade year was especially bad. He had so many days that he was down on himself due to the environment. None of his problems were with other students or peers, but he had a very difficult year.
Change is hard, but as his mother, I knew he needed to make a change. Yet, he was not open to the idea. So, I turned to prayer. I prayed so hard for God to help him, and us, be okay with switching schools. We wanted God to open our son's heart so that he would be okay with being the new kid at a private Christian school, which was a very big change from his former public school.
I knew that the beginning of middle school would be an excellent time to switch, yet God had other plans. During the middle of my son's 5th-grade year, my son told us he wanted to make the change!
Fast forward to this year - he is in 6th grade at CAK and he is loving every minute of it! The shy kid we knew from before has completely stepped out of his comfort zone. On his most recent field trip to Nashville, he volunteered to go up in front of his teachers and peers to do a science experiment! On the way home, he happily sang a song in front of his entire class! I watched proudly as the class played a game of trivia, and my sweet boy jumped up first to try and answer the questions, every time! This is beyond amazing to me! My shy child, who previously wouldn’t even answer a question, is now first in line.
Thank you to ALL of the teachers at Christian Academy of Knoxville for pouring your love and attention into my child! God is good!