Whidbey School Counts Miracles

January 01, 2009 | Rick Lawler

Students at Whidbey Christian Elementary School, operated by the Oak Harbor Church, collected a bumper crop of food for the Thanksgiving holiday food basket drive.

The Whidbey students urged Oak Harbor residents to give food through their fall food drive named Share, Not Scare. And to their amazement, residents responded with more food than ever before.

The food drive is just one more miracle the school is celebrating. Earlier this year, the school faced an uncertain future with enrollment.

The Oak Harbor Church held several meetings to decide the school's future, and decided to continue by faith. By the time school opened in late August 2008, enrollment had jumped to eight students and is now at 10. All but two students are from the community.

"The students at Whidbey Christian School this year are a result of answered prayer rather than any marketing efforts," says Dan Nickolatos, principal. "We're a school that exists because of answered prayer. We're a community school, and we're making a difference in the community."