JUSTICE — The Jammie Darrin Chrisitan Academy will hold another performance of its Easter program on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. for the community.
JDCA principal said the program is based on the scripture from Romans 8:35 followed by the lighting of a candle to honor a founder of the school, Eleanor Cline.
The Easter program includs songs sung by students, mime dances performed by students and scenes from the life of Jesus Christ acted out by JDCA students. It was a packed house for the program with standing room only available. The program lasted approximately one hour and thirty minutes and several times throughout the program, the audience could be heard cheering or even sniffling as they wiped away tears.
“We started practicing around February 1 once each week,” said Pool. “We use our chapel time to practice. Then in March we practice every day.”
Pool says it is very emotional for him to see the program each year and to see how JDCA has grown.
“I can’t put it into words. We started out with fifteen kids and now we are in our 7th year and the Lord has just sent the right people to make all of this possible. The staff, the parents, the students, we love them all,” added Pool.
Pool says he hopes that the program gives people in the community a chance to see what is taking place at JDCA on a daily basis.
“I have seen kids’ lives be changed when they come here,” said Pool. “A kid might be having alot of trouble but then they come here and you get to watch this transformation happen inside of them. I get to see that everyday.”
Pool also talked about what it meant to honor Eleanor Cline at the beginning of the program.
“This all wouldn’t be here without her,” said Pool. “Her spirit will always be here and be in our kids. This is the fruits of her labor.”
As parents took pictures of their children after the program, Pool said he hopes that people see JDCA for what it is.
“We offer a quality education. We have students going to college after they graduate. But we also offer and teach a quality of the character,” said Pool. “And this school is not just for people who attend Four Winds church. We have students from probably 12 or 15 different churches in the community and that is what it is all about. We want to keep bringing the community together and blessing them with this program each year.”
(Madalin Sammons is a reporter for the Gilbert Times. Madalin can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 304-664-8225.)