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Church school earns state recognition
Trinity Christian Academy preschoolers line up for a skit during the Resurrection Program they put on.
From early morning devotion to computer training and foreign language, each day offers new experiences for students.
The schedule and curriculum has earned Trinity Christian Academy a Home of Distinction from the Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Homes of Quality Program.
TCA's staff and faculty say they are excited to receive the award.
"We are honored to be recognized by the state of Georgia for such an award," Dr. Jimmie L. Smiley, TCA administrator, said.
"Your commitment to quality is noted in your overall score on the Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale-Revised, a nationally recognized instrument used to measure child care quality," said Bridgette Washington in her letter to TCA. Washington is the Homes of Quality Program coordinator for the Bright from the Start Program.
"As professionals in the early care and education field, your continued leadership in promoting high quality experiences for your children is critical. The work you carry out on a daily basis has a tremendous impact on Georgia's youngest citizen," Washington wrote.
Trinity offers classes for students in the first through 12th grades and junior and senior kindergarten for ages 4 and 5. A variety of subjects such as Bible, music, speech, drama, art, typing, computer training and job experience training are offered.
As part of the learning experiences, Trinity's preschoolers displayed their talents during the annual Resurrection Program on March 20 at 7 p.m. Students from the various classes were on their best behavior as they took charge of the program. Under the watchful eyes of Sylvester Harris, teacher/administrative assistant, and teachers, Laverne James, Chi Chi and Isabelle Harris, the students made their presentations with a sense of purpose.
They sang, prayed and recited scriptures and poems. With music teacher Oraetta Henderson on the keyboard, they sang old Easter songs such as "He Arose," "Where You There," "Because He Lives" and "Jesus is the Answer."
The students' demonstration of the miracles of Jesus brought the audience to its feet. With the song "I am Redeemed" playing, the students were not shy in their role playing.   
"You did an outstanding job. We are very proud of you," Smiley said. "Every morning when they come to school, the children pray for their parents and teachers. A lot of the students' parents are in the military and some are deployed. When they pray, they ask God to keep their parents safe," he said.
The school is at 1016 Live Oak Drive in Hinesville. The telephone number is 369-6082.

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