A Message from Kari Collins, Executive Director
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote the following in an article entitled, “The Purpose of Education” in the February 1947 edition of the Morehouse College student newspaper, the Maroon Tiger.
“We must remember that intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.”
I walked through the halls of Red Bird Christian School during the Christmas break. The silence spoke volumes about the sounds of education! For nearly a century Red Bird Mission has focused on each individual child’s educational, physical, emotional and spiritual development. Within this atmosphere of hope, there is an expectation that each of us will be challenged to continually strengthen our character in order to stand as moral and ethical leaders no matter where our journey takes us.
We are purposefully developing leadership skills within each classroom by engaging students in activities, exploration of ideas, and modeling behavioral expectations that reflect respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, fairness, and being good citizens.
As we fortify these attributes, students are learning the importance of active listening before forming their opinions and expressing their thoughts. In Proverbs we are told about the importance of listening and understanding. Proverbs 18:2 tells us that, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” Proverbs 18:13-15 goes on to say 13“To answer before listening – that is folly and shame. 14 The human spirit can endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear? 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek to out.
Within this corner of Appalachia we face many challenges. We have few jobs and we lack opportunities that others take for granted. We often times have to meld together a very basic infrastructure to try to meet needs. We run into environmental challenges, and have significantly higher incidents of health care concerns, all of which accompany the challenges that present with poverty. Red Bird Mission is committed to addressing these challenges through true education, intelligence plus character, by developing ethical and moral leaders who will leave to serve.
For those alumni who are members of the Red Bird family, I ask you to consider paying it forward. Because others gave, you received an exemplary education. Alumni and friends of Red Bird, each school day is made possible because of your charitable contributions – big and small. Help support the day-to-day work that culminates in a quality education for every student at Red Bird Christian School.
Grace and Peace,
Kari Collins, Executive Director