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Community. What a beautiful gift from God!

January 24, 2024
By Courtney Petersen, Executive Director of Community Engagement

As executive director of community engagement, I get to witness snippets of what God is doing at Cascade Christian across the district.  

In the District Office, I’ve experienced the sound of worship music moving through the halls, prayers preceding finance meetings, and the laughter of coworkers. I also notice the excitement for the upcoming auction and get sneak peeks at some procurement items. It is so much fun seeing everyone come together and bring items and gifts in support of our community. (I hope you’re able to participate in your campus procurement!)

At Puyallup Early Learning Center, I recently visited my friend Paula at the front desk. From that vantage point, I could hear teachers singing and see little ones hugging.

While at the junior high, I attended an assembly addressing speech and conduct. I am so encouraged to see how the campus leaders are developing discerning leaders and using the Bible as a foundation for all lessons.  

At Puyallup Elementary, I attended a PfC meeting where Mrs. Peterson led us in a powerful time of prayer for our community. 

At McAlder Campus, I admired the CCS mission statement boldly sitting above the entrance as you enter the school lobby. This new sign is a beautiful reminder of who we are and what we do.

At Frederickson Campus, I drove onto the finally finished parking lot and experienced the excitement of school drop-off with a fun '80s theme starting off the students’ day. How I wish I’d had a school drop-off like this as a student!

At the high school, I have two amazing interns through the CCS Internship Program. Izzy has been interning with us since the start of the year and has been a tremendous help! She has extended her classroom learning by being involved with updating our course catalogs, creating PowerPoints, helping with the production of videos, and contributing to Friday folders! Nevaya, who interns with Mr. Alexander, has popped in for the month to work on her video editing skills as well as to increase her abilities to post amazing social media videos leading up to our Open House.

We’re only 4 weeks into 2024, and I am extremely encouraged by all the happenings across the district. I can’t wait to see how the Lord uses this community throughout the year.

We truly are better together. Go, Cougs! 

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24, NIV) 

I don't know what I'd do without this amazing team. Pictured left to right: Heidi Grosso (Social Media and Community Engagement Facilitator), Erin Lynn Gray (Communications Coordinator), Karen Friesen (Editor), Courtney Petersen (That's me!), Keri Helle (Visual Designer and Photographer), Bki BVG (Creative Content Strategist), and Sara Strom (Editor).