"Mom, we should have come here a long time ago!
When Cornell and Tamara Shaw's daughter Elisabeth graduated from WCGS this year, we inquired about their family's experience at our school. Tamara's response is a beautiful example of what so many families tell us. In her own words:
"We came to WCGS five years ago when our daughter Elisabeth (Elisa) was going into 3rd grade and Zach was entering 5th grade. We heard about WCGS from a friend who encouraged us to check it out. Once I found out they were located in downtown Wheaton, I was assuredly not going to make that drive every day since we live in Batavia. She kept insisting that it would be worth checking out. So, one day without an appointment, I drove ALL THE WAY to WCGS on Harrison [WCGS's previous campus], calling my husband a few times on my way saying there was NO way I would make this drive every day. Well, when I arrived I walked into the front lobby and was greeted by Bonnie Bovey. She was so sweet and welcoming that it threw me for a loop. I came to pick up some information and left soon after. A few days later, I went to my mailbox and received a handwritten note from Bonnie saying it was nice meeting me and that they would love to have me come and check out the school more thoroughly. I was shocked! Who does that? After talking it over with my husband, we went to a Tuesday morning informational meeting/open house and spent the entire morning getting a tour, meeting some teachers, learning about the SMART boards, etc. We left very impressed.
"We prayed sincerely and separately about whether this was the place for our kids and both came to the same decision. We proceeded to see if God would provide for us which would enable us to make the commitment -- and He did. We were still very concerned about the transition in the middle of our kids' grammar school years and how they would make the change. One of the concerns that we had was that there was not a diverse enough student body at our old school and being a bi-racial family, our kids would ask why no one was like them. Praying specifically about this issue, we arrived early on Elisa's first day of third grade where Mrs. Bush was her teacher. She welcomed her and asked if she'd like a tour of her classroom which Elisa was glad to have. As we were looking around, another family came in with their little girl – and funny how God answers prayer sometimes in very specific ways – this little girl was also a bi-racial girl and she was new, too. Okay God, I get it – we are in the right place for Elisa, but what about Zach? Zach is our reserved, quieter child. I picked him up after school and he literally came running out of his class saying 'Mom, we should have come here a long time ago!' Well, needless to say God answered our prayers in a BIG way. We were certain that this was the best decision we had made for them.
"WCGS was a place where our kids became connected. They connected to their new friends, connected to their amazing teachers who cared and loved on them, connected to the leadership who knew them by name and cared about their everyday successes and struggles, and most of all connected to God and discovering how they are uniquely and wonderfully made. I was privileged to be a room parent every year my kids were there, except for last year. It was a way I could serve and get to know the other parents at the school. We are forever grateful for the experience, the staff and the decision we made to move to WCGS."
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