The sixth graders took a trip to the William Holden Wildlife Foundation Education Center below Mt. Kenya. This is their annual sixth grade safari as they celebrate ending primary school before heading off to junior high. I was able to go with Annie as the medical provider for the trip. It was a privilege, and I enjoyed getting to know all of her classmates a little bit better. During the trip the kids learn about conservation, go on a small safari, have devotional lessons, and most of all celebrate their free time and the sixth grade year completed. It was a lot of fun!
I am thankful for a school that tries to instill the deep truths into their students. I am glad Allison teaches there. This year was English, next year back to her first love, Spanish.
Rift Valley Academy sixth graders debated the strengths and merits of Athens or Sparta. I am appreciative of the teachers (including Allison) who invest their lives, experience, and prayers into these students who come from around Africa for a good education while their parents serve God through missions.
Rift Valley Academy is not the perfect school, although it can look that way to an outsider. But even as an insider, knowing some of its flaws (like every school), I have to say it has some greatness in it. One of those great things are the “Interim” trips that the Junior and Senior classes take at the end of the second term. These trips have several purposes to include fun (probably the most important from the student’s perspective), education, ministry, and service. They travel all around East Africa from Egypt to Zanzibar. Some trips are rough camping trips, others are at the beach staying at hotels. They can range from a focus on extreme sports with rappelling, canyoning, white water rafting, and bungee jumping to exploring history and ruins in Ethiopia and Egypt. When they come back the students present their trip to the lower classes, and parents are invited to attend the presentations too. I think I want to go to the sailing Interim trip (if they would invite me!)