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If you follow King’s Academy on social media (quick plug: we are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), you have probably noticed a singular hashtag after every post: #educatingforeternity. This hashtag is a seemingly simple way of defining Christian education, but the significance of the phrase for our school goes much deeper than surface level. What does this hashtag mean specifically for King’s Academy?

If you don’t know the purpose of a hashtag, you are not alone. The emergence of the hashtag came about in 2007 on Twitter, when Chris Messina, a social technology expert, tweeted the first hashtag as a suggestion (link to article: https://www.hashtags.org/featured/hashtag-history-when-and-what-started-it/). His idea was to use hashtags to group subjects together, so that people with common interests could communicate more effectively.

For King’s Academy, #educatingforeternity came about as a result of an administrative team meeting last summer. We were discussing school vision for the 2018-2019 school year, and wanted to come up with a phrase to define our year. Many ideas were thrown around, but at the next meeting Mrs. Heith, our office support manager and teacher, brought up a simple phrase that struck a chord with all of us: educating for eternity.

Educating for eternity is more than just a catchphrase. Educating for eternity is based on the founding Scripture of the University Model School, Deuteronomy 6:4-7. The most well-known part of this passage is verse 5: “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (NKJV). If the passage stopped there, we could all say amen and take the passage as a personal command. However, God had deeper intentions when He breathed this Scripture. In verse 7 we get to the heart of the matter, when God turns His commands from personal to generational. I believe verse 7 is a crucial part of our identity at King’s Academy: “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (NKJV). Educating for eternity, in its most literal sense, is partnering with families to teach their children in the four places mentioned in verse 7: “when you sit in your house… when you walk by the way… when you lie down…. when you rise up.”

Educating for eternity, more than any other phrase, sums up our mission at King’s Academy Christian School: partnering with families to equip students for a Christ-centered life.

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Educating for Eternity,

Alex Miller, Administrator