by Sandra Doran
From an all-time high of 23 students three years ago, Osceola Adventist Christian School in Kissimmee has 78 students sitting at their desks today, with many more knocking on the doors.
“We are excited how the Lord is blessing,” says Nury Perez, principal. “Every week, we get calls from parents interested in finding out more about our program.”
Such inquiries spring from the good news that is spreading all over Osceola County. “The best kept secret in Kissimmee” is going public with an expanding physical plant, enhanced curriculum, and excited teachers and students. Beginning with just one room and an accordion divider, the school recently obtained a 5,600-square-foot modular building, donated by a friend of church member Don Gray. He, along with Kissimmee Church Pastor Ronaldo DaCunha and church members Manley Voorhees and John Beatty, arrive daily to refinish walls, seal the roof, install wiring, and paint doorways. When students arrive for the coming school year, they will find five new spacious classrooms.
“The whole thing is a miracle,” says Perez.” The blessings just keep coming.” The school has acquired two donated school buses and is currently involved in a strategic school improvement plan through funds administered by the Osceola School district. Professional development is provided by the Aha! Group which trains teachers in standardized test score analysis, effective teaching strategies, and how to raise student achievement.
In March, Southern Union Conference Education Associate Director Diane Ruff presented a three-week evangelistic series at the school, resulting in baptisms at five surrounding churches. On May 5, the school will host a benefit concert featuring Chosen 4 Christ.
“Keep an eye on Osceola Adventist Christian School,” says Frank Runnels, Florida Conference Education Superintendent. “This school is on the move!”