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!
Over spring break, a team of nine Christian Academy of Knoxville high school students, three teachers, and one parent are going to Chiquimula, Guatemala for a mission trip. As part of the student's training, they are doing "Saturday Serve" days, where they give back to the local community.
"This is such a meaningful experience," says trip sponsor Ms. Rogers. "I actually did this Guatemala trip as my Capstone project when I was a senior here at CAK. I hope it will inspire our students for a lifetime of giving back."
In addition to "Saturday Serve," Team Guatemala has attended bi-weekly lunch trainings as well as a Spanish church service. They will also complete a team-building ropes course before they leave.
During the trip to Guatemala, our CAK students will be going to unreached, remote villages to share the Gospel and deliver food. They will do VBS (Vacation Bible School) for local schools, and will teach English at the school that the local pastors run. Additionally, they will do many projects such as helping refinish furniture and painting a basketball court for the local children.
In Chiquimula, the pastor's family is the Cordero family, and Kevin Cordero is a CAK alum class of 2018. He graduated as our first international student last year!
Thank you to Ms. Rogers for organizing this trip. If you would like to find out more about the mission trips offered to CAK students, visit our missions page.
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