Once a month, female students in grades 5-8 are invited to Mrs. Tyson's house for SHINE meeting. SHINE stands for "Share Him In Everything." For the first 45 minutes a special guest is invited to present advice or a skill to the younger students. This is followed by a Bible study on a woman of the Bible. This past month, two academy students, Simone Edmond and Stephie Kayumba shared the top things they have learned in high school. Topics included putting Christ first, study habits, and friendship advice. During this time, the younger girls were encouraged to ask questions and share experiences. In this safe environment, students are building relationships with each other (and hopefully stopping any girl drama before it starts). In addition, they are given the opportunity to lean on academy students who have valuable advice for them. The Bible study portion was given by Ms. Payne about the life of Hannah.
"While this may seem like an activity geared toward the students, I gain just as much of a blessing from hearing them pour out their concerns and frustrations and then leave those at the feet of Jesus," states Mrs. Tyson. "We will continue to encourage students to address their issues in a positive, proactive way."