Every student is unique, with specific God-given strengths and talents. This also means every student learns differently and sometimes finds their academic best outside of traditional learning models.
Enter the Rocket Learning Community (RLC) at McNicholas High School, an interdisciplinary community of learners offering a customized learning environment and a unique path for each student to find his or her own God-given brilliance. Centered on Community, Curiosity, and Creativity, the RLC provides students with the opportunity to learn through community engagement and personalized, individualized, and differentiated instruction.
Science teacher Mrs. Regina Goines is honored to be a part of the RLC’s inaugural year saying, “After so much planning and dreaming, it is exciting to see all of our hard work finally come together and to see the positive impact it is already having on the students.”
Community is one of the three pillars of the RLC, and students are encouraged to connect with partners outside the building and to be positive leaders in their community. The opportunity to start the year with a service project seemed like the perfect way for students to participate in this value. Partnering with Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, students collected and packed hygiene kits to send to Manna from Heaven Outreach, a group working to support the people of Eastern Kentucky who were devastated by the recent flooding.
Karen Woodworth from Lutheran Church of the Resurrection visited the RLC and shared the mission and work of Manna from Heaven Outreach. McNicholas girl’s varsity soccer coach, Michaela Hyden, also spoke to students about her time in Eastern Kentucky, the devastation that the floods have caused, and what her team is doing to help.
Sophomores Jack Mayer and Claire Boone were both moved when they learned about the destruction the flooding had caused. Jack said, “It opened my eyes to the severity of the situation and motivated me to want to help.”
Claire added, “It was hard to hear about how much people have suffered and lost. But knowing we could make a difference with simple things like toothpaste, deodorant, and a little time made me excited to participate in the project.”
Working together in an assembly line of supplies, the RLC was able to pack 109 hygiene kits to donate to Manna from Heaven Outreach! Please pray with us as these kits are sent, that the families receiving them will be blessed, their faith strengthened, and all their needs met as they recover and rebuild.