Carnegie Schools Riverside - Putting God First
By: Lena Berg-Ridenour, Meagan Kerklin, Faith Kim, & Rachel Powell (CSR Students)
Here at Carnegie Schools-Riverside, God comes first in every school activity. Whether it is out on the field or in the classroom, one can be sure there is always a Christ-centered atmosphere. When people walk onto our campus, we want them to see a difference, we want to be set apart from the crowd, and Carnegie definitely is not your average school. Students here develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a follower of Christ, and the environment provided for them makes it easy to learn and grow both spiritually and academically.
In the classroom, students are always being asked to think deeper on the topic of God. They learn to put others first because that is what God has called us as Christians to do. While it can be hard at times to keep the faith or even just to persevere in the learning environment, Carnegie has provided students with a support system in the form of small class sizes and a small student-teacher ratio. Due to these smaller classrooms, teachers are able to direct their focus more on each individual student’s needs and when a student begins to struggle, the teachers can come alongside them and encourage them. No one gets left behind here at Carnegie!
Every Thursday, we have chapel with a guest speaker who comes and talks to the students as a whole to learn how to become a servant of God. We read the Bible, talk in small groups, and take prayer requests to pray for people in need. In the middle of the year we had our spiritual emphasis week, where we focused on helping others and cleaning up our community. We spent many hours cleaning our campus and giving care packages to the homeless, brightening up their day...demonstrating God’s love through our actions.