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"The teachers here are awesome," proclaimed Aridawnn, a first-year student at La Vida Mission Academy, RMC's self-supporting school serving the Navajo people in New Mexico. Day students are accepted at no charge and the school currently boasts 17 students with teachers certified in New Mexico and with curriculum driven by requirements of the Education Department for the State of New Mexico.
The school year began with a Pathfinder campout at Blue Water Lake where students braved the rain and either got acquainted or re-acquainted. Many other trips and activities followed.
Ninth-graders study algebra, physical science, English, reading, Bible, Navajo language, Navajo history, and New Mexico history. Senior studies prepare them for their general education diploma (GED) which provides them with data support for their diplomas and college opportunities.
Seniors are looking forward to their senior trip during which they will visit a Seventh-day Adventist college, experience a traveling classroom and give presentations along the way at various churches.
By the sound of it, the students at La Vida Mission Academy love their school, commenting for their own newsletter, published at the school. Following are a few of those comments:
Gabriella (a new 9th grade student) enthused, "The teacher cares about my learning and I am learning a lot. I like it here. My brother and sister are in the elementary school so I have family here. I really like how everyone cares about us."
Warren (a graduating senior) shared, "I will be graduating this year and want to become either an underwater welder or Adventist pastor. I have passed two of my GED tests to support my high school diploma. I play the guitar and really appreciate the chord book Ms. Dorie gave me."
Jajuan (a 9th grade) said, "I love what we do and I am looking forward to what this school can do for me. I have seen many changes through my time being here and I love the changes because it is always making this school better and better. I like it when people from other schools come to help build stuff we need. We have a new roof on the school and cafeteria that Sunnydale Academy did for us. We have a new corral to ride horses in down at the barn
that La Sierra Academy built for us. We have welding and auto mechanics. One of my favorite things is tanks. I was able to learn how to build a toy one during welding class."
Demetrius (a new 9th grade student) remarked, "I like many things about this school--especially the people. The people are really great and awesome once you get to know them. What’s fun are the outdoor activities like the camping trip we went on at the beginning of the school year. There is mechanics, Pathfinders, academy groups who come and help us, art class for the elementary and once a year we get a semi truck full of donations. Our dorm parents are caring and cook us some great food."
RMCNews with Catherine Hartley; photos supplied
La Vida School has an academic wish list that includes an interactive white board with ceiling-mounted projector, science equipment for physical science, biology, and chemistry, and textbooks for subject content in core subjects. To contact the academy, call 505-786-5539. They're located at 700 County Road 7730, Crownpoint NM 87313.