Newsletter Winter 2022
A letter from The Link School’s Executive Director
What a year this has been. I am filled with gratitude for what this semester has given us. This community of students and staff bring such a rich background of experiences and perspectives. Their interests, their strengths, and their motivations have blended into a community full of high expectations and evident compassion.
In just a few weeks, we are headed to Baja, Mexico for our international trip. This trip is not what we were expecting and not the trip that we have been planning for the past year and a half. Until this week, we were planning to travel to Peru for our January expedition and all of preparation has been in that direction. With the civil unrest in Peru this month, it became clear that we need to adjust our plans and go to an alternative destination. This is one of the things that feels most powerful at Link; the willingness to listen and adjust as directed. The past week has been full of examples of divine Mind’s direction and provision. One thing after another has unfolded in perfect timing and has moved in perfect harmony. We often turn to the directive to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6). This process with our international trip has been an opportunity to listen, to follow direction, and to rejoice in the outcome.
We are so very grateful that you are part of our community and part of our family. We hope that your holidays are filled with Love and growth, care and joy.
Fruitage from our Year 15 students:
At the end of each semester, we ask students to write a Dear Sponsor letter. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to reflect on their time at Link and be able to examine the bigger picture of their education. Please enjoy just a few highlights from our Year 15 students’ heartfelt letters as they give thanks for all that you are helping to offer them.
“Everyone is contributing to this group in their own way and that is what makes this place incredibly special. Seeing the growth that people gain here in a matter of weeks is something you hardly can find anywhere else.” Vincent
“At the end of my junior year of high school, I was exhausted. I didn’t feel connected to my school and lost my passion for school. Furthermore, I didn’t feel I would be prepared for college because all I knew was schoolwork. My parents suggested Link and I realized it was perfect for me and my senior year. ” Sia
“Something that is so meaningful about Link is that they truly care about the whole person. A lot of schools say that they do but it’s really just to look good. Link genuinely cares about the whole person, that’s something that has meant the world to me while being here. Something else that is super meaningful to me is how much support there is here. I always feel comfortable asking for help in and out of class and everyone is always super supportive and will move heaven and earth to figure out a solution that helps. High school has been incredibly hard for me for lots of reasons but here at Link I feel like I can achieve anything and I always know that whatever happens things will work out for the best and I don’t need to worry about it. I feel so loved at Link and I and so grateful that I have been guided here.” Brady
“I could never explain how much Link means to me, no paper could ever be big enough. But suffice it to say, I am simply better for having come here and I would never trade this experience for the world. I have become a person willing to face all challenges and my wild child soul is beyond happy. To me, Link is a place where I have made a lifetime of memories and a place I will call home forever. I have found my greatest peace here.” Kayla
“Teachers at Link try to form bonds with their students. The energy at Link is just immaculate because everyone truly wants to be here for this experience and to learn and grow with each other. It is so much more than just school here, it is about friendships, activities, and so much love.” Kailey
“On trips, where technology is out of sight, I feel most connected to the people and earth around me. When we get chances to write, and reflect in nature, it is a time where all the chaos fades away, and I can be calm and present with myself. The laughs and gratitude shared around the campfire at night are extremely special, and prompt for greater learning once we are back at the school. Getting chances to really connect with our teachers is so important to me because the learning is much more personable and interesting coming from those whom I trust and admire.”
“Besides becoming a more motivated student ,Link has helped me learn who I am. Not that I didn’t know before, but after my semester at Link I can confidently say that I have grown into myself. No matter where a student is in their development as a person and learner, Link definitely gives them a leg up in preparing them for life. The staff gives us the perfect balance of feeling independent and self-reliant, while also feeling supported and cared for. Because of this, I have learned so many life skills that I will carry for the rest of my life. The most important of these are how to be a lifelong learner.” Wade
The Link School is a non-profit Christian Science School that has been helping students find their God-given identity for the past 15 years. With your help we can continue to open our doors to anyone who is seeking their divinely led path. Please consider donating to The Link School today.
Our primary financial goal right now is to raise the funds to be able to operate next year and to help student’s with tuition assistance. Our aim this year is to raise $225,000 in financial assistance funds for students and families in need.
We are building our endowment and your support is greatly appreciated. We have a plan and a goal that we would love to share with you. If you are interested in supporting us in this way, please contact James Orlet. We are deeply grateful for your support.
Giving information is on our website (www.thelinkschool.org) and we would greatly appreciate your help. Donations can be accepted as a prayer, a check, or an online donation (see the Donate Now link below).
James, our Executive Director, would love to hear from you. Please feel free to reach out to him with any questions you have or to offer your support. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
We are now accepting applications for enrollment for the 2023/2024 school year. If you or someone you know might be interested in The Link School, information, applications and reference forms can be found on our website.