On Friday evening, March 15, 2013 supporters of Eastern Christian gathered at the Brick House Restaurant in Wyckoff to usher in the public portion of the 2013 ECSA Capital Campaign. For the past three months, the ECSA Foundation staff has been managing a silent campaign with selected donors resulting in a commitment of cash and pledges totaling $600,000. Beginning March 15, the public portion of the campaign will commence with a goal of raising a total of $2,750,000. These funds will provide the resources for a number of major improvements planned at all three campuses, with the majority of the improvements scheduled for the Elementary School in Midland Park. Work on some of the improvements will begin in the summer of 2013 with the project completion scheduled for the summer of 2014.
The guests at the dinner heard from Richard Ostling, the former religion writer with the Associated Press and Time magazine, deliver a message about the state of public education in the U.S. and the critical role that private, Christian Schools must play in the field of education in the U.S. Ostling is well known and respected as a writer and critic of religious material. He is a member of the Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church and resides in Ridgewood, NJ.
David Visbeen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for ECSA presented the audience with a challenge to support the Capital Campaign in order to preserve ECSA for future generations. He likened our building project to digging a well today for future generations to drink from.
The evening concluded with closing remarks and prayer by the newly installed pastor at Faith Community CRC, Rev. K.C. Vande Streek.
The Eagles Learning Center officially opened its doors to the greater North Haledon area on November 17, 2012. Three years ago, the Eastern Christian School Association envisioned the development of this center as an innovative opportunity to serve not just its own school family, but the broader community of local children and their families. Eastern Christian Schools have more than 120 years of educational experience and the Eagles Learning Center is a way to share that experience beyond the boundaries of its own campuses by offering unique and individualized learning assistance activities for children of all grade levels (K-12). Specific programs and activities include tutoring, SAT preparation, TOEFL test preparation, enrichment services, and education support for kids with unique learning needs and those who need a little extra help, all offered in a caring and supporting environment and at an affordable cost.
Eagles Learning Center offers private or group tutoring for students of all grade levels in a wide range of subjects including math, science, foreign languages, English, and Bible. Tutoring has multiple benefits, including increased confidence both in and out of the classroom and developing important study and life skills. Individualized tutoring focuses on each student's unique needs. Eagles Learning Center has a wide range of tutors with varying backgrounds and expertise, all of whom are committed to building student competence and confidence through expert instruction. The large pool of tutors allows the Learning Center to select tutors that are best suited for each child and situation.
The Eagles Learning Center offers dynamic SAT preparation classes that are scheduled according to SAT testing dates. These classes, run by highly qualified and experienced instructors, use a thorough curriculum based on official College Board preparation tools and in-house materials tailored to the needs of individual students. Since the opening of the Eagles Learning Center in November, the SAT preparation course has already been utilized by a number of high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from several local high schools. Students reported marked improvement in SAT scores after taking the course.
The TOEFL test is the most widely respected English language test in the world, recognized by more than 8,500 colleges, universities, and agencies. The Eagles Learning Center offers a TOEFL course that equips students with the test-taking skills and English proficiency needed to ensure exam success. In the near future, specific TOEFL classes will be available for international students; these classes will include extensive preparation in reading, writing, listening, speaking and vocabulary, specifically designed to improve college level performance at American universities.
The Eagles Learning Center is committed to supporting families with learning needs that extend beyond the traditional classroom and easing anxieties related to pre-college application exams and the competitive college admissions environment. The Center is located at 569 High Mountain Road in North Haledon, next to Veenstra's Deli. For more information, questions can be emailed to
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