Written by Allison Geenen
We chose Holland Christian because we knew having teachers, staff and leadership rooted in faith was who we wanted our children to be surrounded by as they went throughout their educational years.
Both Kyle and I are alumni, so it was easy to say “yes” to sending our kids to Holland Christian. However, when our oldest was starting preschool, we still felt like a new family! Within the first few minutes of walking into Holland Christian’s Rose Park Elementary, we knew it was the right place for our family.
As we have continued on through the elementary years with our oldest two, it has grown into an extension of our family. The teachers have walked with us through our personal lives and encouraged our kids beyond the academic portion of why kids are in school. The expansion of the playground into the Rose Park Ranch and outdoor playscape have been exciting for our nature loving family. And the friendships formed for our kids are treasured.
Our first invitation to participate in the greater HC community was when our oldest son was in 3’s preschool. The preschool program held a preschool night at an HCHS football game. It was a great way to see the kids and families across all campuses. Later, in kindergarten, a Rose Park Elementary teacher spoke into the parents of our son’s class and encouraged us to “do life together.” These are the parents that will walk the education journey with us for many years to come, and doing life together is a great way to grow our relationships as parents and grow the kids’ relationships. We held on to that and have loved hosting BAM bowling parties with our kids’ classes, fishing experiences at our home, and a moms’ brunch at the beginning of the year for those in our children’s classes. In following years, we’ve loved being involved in supporting HC through the Tuition Grant Fund, Living Stones, volunteer roles, sports, and encouraging growth and new ideas with specific Rose Park Elementary specific projects.