Over the span of 100 years its hard to fathom the knowledge shared and the lives that have been affected by a school dedicated to educating children while sharing the love of Jesus.
The fact that this is Sligo School's final year as Sligo School can be sad to many. Thousands of individuals can say they've attended and gained much from their time at Sligo School. It would be interesting to know how many will know by heart the song the kids sing for the final time in the video above.
We share the burden of saying goodbye to an identity and institution with Takoma Park Church and John Nevins Andrews Adventist School. A process that has taken decades, presses the need to make changes. These changes, although rough to those who have loved and devoted themselves to their respective schools, are being intentionally orchestrated to allow what comes next to make a lasting positive effect on our community of believers and the wider community.
Takoma Academy Preparatory School, or TAPrep, will be the combining of personnel, ideals, love of children and a love of Jesus Christ. It is a partnership of two legacy churches dedicated to making sure there is a place of quality education for its children and the children of our region.
Walls are coming down and walls are being put up. Old cabinets and lockers are being removed and new design and technology are taking their place. A new media center, fresh paint and a fresh gym floor design are all exciting aspects on the horizon. The funding that will come from the combining of both schools should give the new school a greater leg to stand on than many educational institutions across the Adventist spectrum.
It becomes a mandate and a grand challenge for all of us in this family of believers, to support this new institution. It is the embodiment of the work done by our founders. This is not the death of institutions but the product of the hard work that has gone into keeping them alive. TAPrep will be a leader in Christian Education and more ready to deliver it for the 21 century. Each child brought closer to an understanding of who Jesus Christ is in their lives and at the same time learning what is needed to make an impact on this world is a testament to the faith we carry in Adventist Education. God Bless TAPrep and every heart yearning for it's success!