Last August, the new high school English teacher and a former dorm student at Red Bird School, Samantha Caldwell, said enthusiastically, “I was a dorm student. It made such an impact in my life. I want to see all these students coming from different states, and especially the local students come into the dorm. I want to see Dr. Collins’ vision for Red Bird to be the best school in Kentucky become reality.”
What Caldwell and other former dorm students had hoped for is moving closer to reality for the 2014-15 academic year at Red Bird Christian School. Volunteer groups from around the United States renovated the boys dormitory in 2011. Leonard and Bonnie Lawson, of Lexington, led alumni efforts to raise approximately $190,000 thus far to completely renovate the girls dormitory.
Red Bird Mission staff and volunteers are putting these resources to use rewiring and refurbishing the interior of the dormitory in anticipation of housing students this coming August.
The vision of becoming the “best school in Kentucky” and inviting students from outside of the Red Bird Valley was cast by Red Bird Mission Executive Director Dr. Taylor Collins. As an alumnus, Dr. Collins knows the value of the complete education and preparation a student receives at Red Bird Christian School. The dormitory program at Red Bird Christian School will reopen with a strong focus of complementing the academic preparation, leadership formation, and career discernment that students receive in the classroom.
Dr. Collins explains, “We are a Christ-centered school. Students have the opportunity to study religion God’s Word and Christian precepts in a college preparatory environment that blends the spiritual with academic disciplines. Students are encouraged to explore careers working in the Church as pastors, or as Christian leaders in their local communities. We encourage all students to go on to college pursue a postsecondary education.
“The dormitory and school prepares students for the world of work and life in general. A Red Bird graduate leaves here to become excellent members of society. They gravitate towards the business world, medical field, law, teaching, the pastorate, and they are out there making a real difference in the world.
“They leave here with a firm grounding and firm understanding of what Christianity means, what commitment means, and what living a life that is grounded in Christian principles means. Coming to Red Bird empowers young people by getting them ready so that when they go out into the world they are empowered to do the things they want to do and to make a contribution to the world.”
Information about the new dormitory program is now available at school.rbmission.org. Interested families may contact Head of School Craig Anderson or guidance counselor Jennifer Wilder for information and applications as they become available by calling 606-598-2416 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.