From The Lion's Den, Vol 1, Issue 04
We are so very proud to present our DECEMBER edition of FROM THE LION'S DEN.
Please continue to expect our monthly newsletter to hit your inbox the last working day of each month. Every issue will promise a note From the Head of the School, T.Mac Howard, as well as our DSA Scholar of the Month. We will also share photos from our classroom activities and other DSA extracurricular activities. Finally, we will share an update from our athletic fields.
We thank you for your continued support and interest in our young men and the work being done here, everyday at Delta Streets Academy. Please share this issue of
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We wish you and yours a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!
Do you ever have that feeling that God is going to work things out but you have no idea how?
This question describes how I feel on a weekly basis, and sometimes I take comfort in this fact and other times I can worry myself to the point to where I get sick. The funny part about the whole process is that God has never failed me, or Delta Streets for that matter. I have two quick stories that shine a light on how our Father in Heaven works even when my feeble little faith questions his plans.
About a month ago, I saw that one of my college friends had donated $2,000 and then again $1,000 in the span of thirty minutes through our online giving portal. My mind was in awe of the gifts, but then I started to wonder if the online portal drafted the second amount without him knowing. So I emailed him and sure enough, he meant to give both times; the first time the portal would only let him give $2,000! If that was me, then I would have taken that as a sign that I only needed to give the first amount, but praise God my friend doesn't think like me! In the email, I asked how he had heard about DSA, and he said through a couple of friends and some articles he had read.
Another friend of mine, who lives in a different state, sent in $2,000 the next day. As we emailed back and forth, I thanked him for his generous gift, and his comment was priceless. He said, “I was just waiting for you to ask!” The crazy part was I never did ask.
Both of these gifts are just two of so many DSA stories where people have been so generous over the years, and have helped DSA do what we do. Without the financial support, we would not be able to operate!
As the year closes to an end, please consider giving (CLICK HERE) to help further our mission here in Greenwood, MS. And for those who have already given, we say a big THANK YOU! We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Jared Pullen of Brandon, Mississippi joined the Delta Streets Academy staff this year as a coach and academic assistant. He first learned of Delta Streets from the Head of School’s mother. Says Mr. Pullen, “I didn’t have a definite reason for accepting the offer to come here, but I felt called to Delta Streets.”
Mr. Pullen’s duties start before the school day begins and end well after the last student has gone home. In the mornings, he picks up six students for school. During the day, he monitors five study halls and during his off periods, he does the laundry for the sports teams, fills up the water jugs, and gets ready for practice. After school, Mr. Pullen is off to practice or to a game.
Despite the long hours, Mr. Pullen appreciates his time at Delta Streets. As he notes, “I especially enjoy the relationships that I’ve built with some of the students while getting to coach them in sports. I like being able to communicate with them on a personal level and knowing each kid differently.”
Mr. Pullen also sees Delta Streets playing an important role in preparing the young men for their future. “The academics and helping the boys build a relationship with God are very important,” he says.
Delta Streets Academy is blessed to have dedicated staff like Mr. Pullen who are willing to work tirelessly for the betterment of our young men and to the glory of God.
The Scholar of the Month in December is...
Seventh grade student Victor Reyes is our December Scholar of the Month. Victor was born in Mexico and moved to Greenwood when he was four years old. He attended St. Francis Elementary School before coming over to Delta Streets Academy this year.
Victor likes Reading, Science and Math. According to Victor, “In English, Mrs. Barth showed me how to diagram sentences, and in Science, I learned about the solar system.”
In class, Victor is inquisitive and engaged.
“He studies, and in Reading you can see that very clearly,” says Mrs. Mohr, Victor's Reading & Math teacher. “He regularly gets %100 on his quizzes and assignments. When we get to exciting points in our books, he’ll sometimes gasp in excitement.”
Victor eventually wants to become a doctor because, as he notes, “There are still some sicknesses that don’t have cures, and I’d like to help find those cures.”
He is laying the foundation for that future now. Says Mrs. Mohr, “In Math, Victor asks good questions. He’ll pause for a second and then ask why something is true, instead of just asking if his answers are right.”
Not only does Victor engage with his schoolwork, he also is a positive influence with his peers. According to T. Mac Howard, Head of School, “Victor always seems to go out of his way to make people happy and to help out whenever he can.”
Victor is very thankful to have the opportunity to pursue an excellent education at Delta Streets Academy. “I love that I came to this school,” he states.
The 10th and 11th graders decided to provide breakfast for the staff at the elementary schools they attended for their "Do Good for December" project.
The operators and staff from Chick-fil-A in Flowood and Brandon brought 1,200 chicken biscuits for our students to heat up and box. Each staff member at each elementary school received a box with four mini chicken biscuits and a doughnut along with orange juice.
We could not have done it without the help of the staff from Chick-Fil-A in Flowood and Brandon. And the teachers and staffed loved it!
This basketball season has been about growth. While our team’s record is not as strong as we had hoped, our team has improved tremendously. Earlier in the season, we played against Deer Creek Academy and we lost the game by 20 points. This past week, we played Deer Creek again and only lost by 2 points in overtime. We are playing at 75% of our potential, so we still have room to grow.
Most importantly, our young men have handled the adversity of the season with dignity and grace. While the boys were disappointed by the last loss to Deer Creek, they held their heads high knowing that they had improved and that they had played well.
Up next, we are looking forward to the 2015 Hartfield Holiday Classic Tournament. The tournament will take place at Hartfield Academy in Flowood, Mississippi. On Monday, December 28 our boys will play at 6:30pm, and on Tuesday, December 29 our boys will play at 2pm. If you live in the Jackson area, we would love to have you come out to support our team.
As the basketball season is winding down, we are getting ready for track season. Athletes who are not participating in basketball will start practicing for track at the beginning of January. We are hoping to field a large squad so that we can compete in as many events as possible. Justin Cooper looks to return to state-level competition in the distance events, and several of our other athletes should take big steps forward this year.
We are thrilled to provide an array of athletic opportunities for our students as part of a holistic approach to educating our young men academically and ministering to them spiritually. Please support our mission by making an end-of-year gift to Delta Streets Academy today.