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Why does the Legacy Plan lower the cost of tuition for everyone?

July 12, 2018
By Donald Roth, President of the SCCS Legacy Plan Team

Why does the Legacy Plan lower the cost of tuition for everyone?

When comparing the Legacy Plan to different structures for supporting Christian schools around the country, one difference that stands out is that many forms of support are need-based. So why does the Legacy Plan directly fund the general budget of Sioux Center Christian School, effectively lowering the cost of tuition for everybody? Why not help the needy while the rich pay full price? Although need-oriented support programs are an important part of supporting Christian education, we do have them in place through the benevolent support of many churches for their own members and programs like NICSTO at SCCS. When it comes to the support offered through the Legacy Plan, we feel it is important to provide this on a broad basis for three primary reasons:

 

Our support is Communal.

The Legacy Plan represents a broad society gathered together to support the cause of Christian education. When we reached out to this society after the first year implementing the Legacy Plan, we heard a strong and consistent voice from the community affirming the Legacy Plan in its current structure, with the majority preferring not to take on a need-based approach and a smaller group feeling that a need-based component should make up, at most, a small portion of the support given. Overall, 88% of the society reported feeling that any need-based component should make up less than 15% of the overall support (if any). In response to this communal guidance, we have maintained our current structure.

 

Our support is Institutional.

As we laid out in the last article (see the post below), the Legacy Plan is rooted in the belief that the charge to educate our children is a central missional charge to parents and churches. An important and faithful response to this charge is the creation of a Christian school, charged with aiding families and churches in their tasks.

Families who have children at SCCS support the school directly through their tuition. The Legacy Plan represents the churches and broader society of families coming together to offer their support to this institution that we forged together. The Legacy Plan gathers together the institutions of the family and the church in a common community to support the school as an institution. In other words, the Legacy Plan is not supporting SCCS primarily because we want to make it cheaper for individual students but because we represent a community of faith that believes in the broader work of the whole. The Legacy Plan’s mission is to help shoulder the operational costs of the school, not defray the educational expense of the students. SCCS itself is a blessing in our community, and it is worth preserving.

 

Our support is Missional.

In supporting the missional work of church, home, and school in this way, the Legacy Plan moves beyond simply being a tuition subsidy. The vision is one of inter-reliance and mutual support, forging the bonds of our Christian community, not just at the level of individual people, but of different institutions. As much as the families of the school are blessed by gathering together, so the churches are a mutual blessing to one another as they work together in this task. Whether in baking cookies, rolling pigs-in-the-blanket, competing in basketball tournaments, or standing atop silage piles, the work we do together in our common cause draws our broader society together, forging bonds of friendship and mutual regard that make both individuals and institutions stronger.

 

For these reasons, the Legacy Team works as one society in support of the cause of Christian education, standing in covenant with one another as churches and families gathered around our school.

Together as one society in united support of this school, we pursue the dream of a vibrant community of faith that provides deep soil for our growth and which flowers out in abundance to the world around us.

Thank you for your faithful support of Sioux Center Christian School through the Legacy Plan!
As we close out the fiscal year on July 31, 2018, we are so very grateful for the commitment that has been shown through the donations from churches and individuals!
If you would still like to contribute to the Legacy Plan for the 2017-18 school year, to help meet the total goal of $1,365,000 ($300,000 remaining as of June 30), we encourage you to give through your church or mail your donation to:
Sioux Center Christian School
Attn: The Legacy Plan
630 First Ave SE
Sioux Center, IA 51250
Checks sent directly can be made to "SCCS Legacy Plan" and are a tax-deductible donation.

Thank you! - The Legacy Team