July 2015



These letters are carved in the fireplace mantle at the home of the Hawaiian poet Don Blanding. They are the first letters in the words of a phrase he wanted to be reminded of daily: "L...


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Imagine if you will a portrait of Paradise, with a white cottage in the midst of a green garden. A young boy plays outside in the sunshine. He is wearing pajamas.

This is likely not your...



Saving Adventist Education in the 21st Century

Throughout the North Pacific Union, church schools and academies reopen their doors next month to serve our children and teens. But what about next year?

Adventist schools struggle...


Learning the Language

I took German in high school, instead of Spanish, because I thought it would be funny. After all, saying “ambulancia” (“ambulance” in Spanish) is nowhere near as stimulating as crying out “...



Adventist Health News Notes

Lodi Health to Join Adventist Health Family In May, the California attorney general approved the affiliation of Lodi Health with Adventist Health, paving the way for completion of the transaction... More

Good Things Are Happening At Sitka Adventist School

Rather than go on and on about how great Sitka Adventist School is from a teacher’s perspective (it might be a little biased), some incredibly intelligent (and impartial) students are... More

Anchorage Junior Academy Students Save Lives

For Anchorage Junior Academy (AJA), February was Heart Healthy Month. Students participated in the Jump Rope for Heart program through the American Heart Association. This year, Sunni Danielowski,... More

Caldwell Students Experience Life in 'Reality Town'

The Caldwell Adventist Elementary School (CAES) held a Reality Town event in April to help students in grades six through 10 experience a taste of adult reality and financial responsibility. ... More

BVAS Goes 'In the Black'

"SOLD!" was heard repeatedly during the ninth annual Boise Valley Adventist School (BVAS) fundraising gala on Sunday, April 26, at the Meridian Center at the Park.  The theme of... More

Idaho Re-elects Leadership Team

More than 300 Idaho Conference delegates gathered Sunday, May 17, on the campus of Gem State Adventist Academy in Caldwell for the 53rd conference constituency session. In addition to routine actions... More

Ed Fest and Academy Days Come to Mount Ellis

The Montana Conference annually invites all fifth- through eighth-graders to attend what has become known as Ed Fest each May. This three-day event takes place on the campus of Mount Ellis... More

PAA’s AP Psychology Course Prepares Students With Hands-on Work Experience

“We’re going to be helping a family tomorrow,” Mechelle Peinado told her Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) advanced placement (AP) psychology students. “But I want to prepare... More

Milo Students Take Mission Trip to Panama

During Spring Break, March 12–25, 20 students and six adult volunteers, staff and parents from Milo Adventist Academy in Days Creek traveled to Panama for their 2015 mission project... More

Anonymous Donor Helps Emerald Christian Academy

For Emerald Christian Academy (ECA), the annual Emerald Expo held special meaning this year. School staff, students, families and church families gathered on the last Thursday evening of April to... More

Churches Partner for Evangelism Ministry

Three churches partnered in evangelism to expand their reach to more than 10,000 around the world. Israel Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, presented by Jewish Adventist Alexander... More

CAA Teacher Inspires Scientific Excellence

When entering Larry Hiday's classroom at Columbia Adventist Academy (CAA), in Battle Ground, Wash., one is immediately drawn into the world of science. There are live snakes, fish and a terrapin... More

PAES Sixth-Graders Take Stand for Character

Realizing that what is lacking in today’s society are people of character, Linda Waagen, sixth-grade teacher at Portland Adventist Elementary School in Gresham, Ore., decided to do something... More

Cascade Christian Academy Supports King’s Children’s Home

Although Cascade Christian Academy’s (CCA) last mission trip to Belize occurred in March 2014, the students at CCA in Wenatchee, Wash., have not forgotten the ongoing needs of the children... More

Rogers Elementary Offers Spanish Program

As the board and faculty of Rogers Adventist School in College Place, Wash., learned about the multiple benefits of children learning a second language, they were eager to offer that... More

HJA Program Features Vegetables, Chickens, Eggs and More

For the past several months, with much prayer and leading by the Holy Spirit, committed school board members of Harris Junior Academy (HJA) in Pendleton, Ore., have been busy redefining their... More

Prayer Makes Friends in St. Maries

The St. Maries Christian School meets in the Shadowy River Mall in St. Maries, Idaho. This means they are neighbors with the other businesses. One day at prayer time, Mark Law, teacher, and the... More

UCA Students Enrich Their Community

For more than 20 years, Upper Columbia Academy (UCA) has been providing HOPE (Helping Other People Everywhere) to the Spokane, Wash., area. Linnea Torkelsen, UCA alumni and development director... More

Milton-Stateline Adventist School Kids Are Growing With Jesus

Located on 10 acres of country land with a pristine view of the Blue Mountains, Milton Stateline Adventist School (MSAS) in Milton-Freewater, Ore., has a reputation for its quiet demeanor, with... More

Lewiston Students Help Clothes for the Cause

This year Beacon Christian School in Lewiston, Idaho, partnered with Clothes for the Cause, a fundraising company that collects used clothes in exchange for cash. The fundraising event raised... More

Tri-City Students Immerse Themselves in Kindness

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18). We hear a lot about bullying, and there are a number of programs that focus on... More

Why Choose WWU?

“Before I came to Walla Walla University, I didn’t know how strong of a community the university is. I decided to come here because it’s pretty close to home, and I absolutely loved... More

10 Things You May Not Know About Walla Walla University

1. “The opening of Walla Walla College marked the first time that a Seventh-day Adventist college had offered a strictly vegetarian diet to its students,” according to Bold Venture: A... More

International Students Offered Bilingual Bibles

Brendy Lindsay noticed her English language learner students at Auburn Adventist Academy were asking more questions this school year about the Bible. The students, many with atheist or Buddhist... More

Cedarbrook Students Learn Lessons in Generosity

Giving is an important lesson for children to learn, and Adventist schools often provide opportunities to work lessons of generosity into the curriculum.  Earlier in the school year, students... More

NCS Expands the Ministry of Education

Northwest Christian School (NCS), in Puyallup, Wash., is quickly establishing global notoriety, first in Korea and now in China.  NCS officially established a landmark sister school agreement... More

A Foundation of Belief

Adventist Christian education is a necessary foundation for any society to succeed. The values, beliefs and knowledge imparted in the classroom allow Adventist young people to be equipped for their... More

Bellevue/Kirkland Sojourners Take First Place at Pathfinder Bible Experience

After nearly a year of studying the book of Matthew, memorization and grueling team practice, five Bellevue/Kirkland Sojourners Pathfinders team members score a first place at the North American... More

Forest Park Students Grow in Faith

Excited students from Forest Park Adventist Christian School in Everett, Wash., begin filtering into the Marysville (Wash.) Church early on Sabbath, April 25. On this day the students would see the... More

Skagit Makes Bread

Discussions may be necessary, but the class of 2017 at Skagit Adventist Academy (SAA) in Burlington, Wash., wants action. They wanted to take the classroom discussion and move it to action by... More

Run2Educate Features a Day of Run, Fun and Sun

More than 150 eager runners and walkers, from ages 2 to 85, lined up on May 3 for a race course that wound through the countryside around rural Auburn and offered many gorgeous views of Mount Rainier... More

PSAA Works Hard in Peru

After 18 hours of travel, 44 weary travelers from Puget Sound Adventist Academy (PSAA) in Kirkland, Wash., stumbled into a misty airport in Iquitos, Peru. They peered out of windows fogged... More

Science Becomes 'Full-Contact Sport' at SAA

The Skagit Adventist Academy (SAA) science program in Burlington, Wash., became “full-contact” this year as the majority of the school participated in a wide variety of science field... More