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Chesapeake Conference Goes Back to School

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“There is no way to overestimate the value of an Adventist Christian education.”

Ugonnaya Enyinnaya, 1st grade, shows off her purple backpack on the first day of school at Frederick Adventist Academy on August 16. Credit: Beckie Carbaugh

“There is no way to overestimate the value of an Adventist Christian education,” says Jerry Lutz, president of Chesapeake Conference, as students and teachers at the conference’s 10 schools near completion of the first week of the new academic year. 

More than 1,000 students and 120 educators and support staff returned for the 2021-22 school year on Monday, August 16 at Chesapeake Conference schools in Maryland, Delaware, and West Virginia. 

“The potential of Adventist education is seen in a child who receives an Adventist education as part of a well-balanced life that includes the influences of a godly home, a mission-driven church, and a Christ-centered school,” asserts Lutz. “Chesapeake Conference is blessed to be able to tangibly provide two of those critical factors that contribute to the spiritual growth and well-being of children and young people.”

Schools celebrated the return to classes with treats, first day photos, school-wide assemblies, and dedicatory prayer.

“We are so excited that the first day of school was a huge success across the Chesapeake Conference,” says Janesta Walker, superintendent of schools. “Many of our schools opened with significantly higher enrollment than last year. God has once again poured out His blessings and answered our prayers.”
Representatives from the Chesapeake Conference headquarters in Columbia, Maryland visited each of the conference’s 10 schools to participate in first day festivities. Conference officers and department directors delivered greetings, distributed gifts, and prayed for the students and staff.

“There were smiles of joy and happiness on all the faces of the students,” reports Sean Robinson, director of planned giving and trust services, who visited Dover First Christian School and Wilmington Junior Academy in Delaware. “Parents know that the values of Adventist schools are different than the worldview being taught in other schools. It’s here that they will learn principles that point to God for the answer to every problem.”

While many Chesapeake Conference schools are seeing a major uptick in enrollment, Elder Lutz hopes that more students will be added to their numbers soon. “I earnestly appeal to families to choose an Adventist education, especially now, as we anticipate the return of our Lord and Savior.”

Chesapeake Conference president, Jerry Lutz, speaks to students at Highland View Academy. Credit: Jacklyn Ruth
Superintendent of schools, Janesta Walker, visits with students at Frederick Adventist Academy. Credit: Beckie Carbaugh

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