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Lighthouse Seventh-day Adventist Christian School principal and teacher Jodie Aakko, right, puts books on the library shelves with the help of volunteer
Lighthouse Seventh-day Adventist Christian School principal and teacher Jodie Aakko, right, puts books on the library shelves with the help of volunteer Donna Mohr as they get the new school ready for the fall. (Dan Barker/ Fort Morgan Times) That is part of a curriculum of excellence which has gained notice for Seventh-day Adventist schools across the nation, said principal and teacher Jodie Aakko, who was still putting the school together this week. However, if a younger child has a sibling in the older grades, the younger child can stay until 4 p.m. to go home with the older sibling, Aakko said. The school's theme is a Journey to Excellence. "The school's mission statement is to enable learners to develop a life of faith in God, and to use their knowledge, skills and understandings to serve God and humanity," Aakko said. It is operated on the local level by the Fort Morgan Seventh-day Adventist Church, as well as the Seventh-day Adventist churches in Yuma, Sterling and Akron. The accredited school is one of over 850 Seventh-day Adventist schools around the world. Lighthouse offers a Bible-based curriculum, regular worship and Bible classes, multi-grade classrooms, small class sizes, one computer for each student, affordable tuition rates, family events, parental involvement and a core values system, Aakko said. Not only will the children have desktop computers, but they will have professional desk chairs, not the old school chairs, she said. The stairs down to the school in the basement of the Fort Morgan Seventh-day Adventist church are painted purple, because the colors of the school will be purple and gold, Aakko said. It will have a general meeting room, a library and two classrooms made out of the old Sabbath School rooms. There is still work to do. Organizers and volunteers are replacing flooring and opening up one wall to connect the two classrooms. That will allow Aakko to see into and supervise both classrooms, she said. "Warm and inviting is our goal," Aakko said. Children will eat lunch in the fellowship hall. Students will have a warm lunch supplied by the school at least once a week, and the eighth-grade students will prepare another warm lunch each week, she said. For now, the school is looking at an off-site gym to provide physical education, Aakko said. The church began planning for the school about a year ago, and committed to the venture this past spring, she said. The local Seventh-day Adventist Church has seen a growth in the numbers of children that attend, Aakko said, the summer Bible school has been well attended, and people have expressed an interest. Many people know the academic reputation of Seventh-day Adventist schools, whose students do very well on achievement tests, she said. Of course, they also know that the kids will receive a Christian education, Aakko said. In fact, lessons on subjects will include applications of Biblical ideas, she said. The goal is to build "responsible citizens with sound character," Aakko said. Aakko Aakko has taught for the Seventh-day Adventist school system for about 20 years, she said. Having the older kids with the younger kids offers a "solid learning experience," Aakko said.
For questions, call principal Jodie Aakko at 970-397-5511.
Jodie Aakko - principal
For more information about the scholarship, call Principal Jodie Aakko at (970) 353-2770.
Mrs. Jodie AakkoTeacher and School Principal