Special and Extra-Curricular Activities
- Early Morning Workouts
We have an Innovation Business Fair in the spring, where our students create, market and sell either their product or service. Parents and friends come and purchase the amazing things the students have created. (This year’s top winner went to a first grader for an invention that was actually shown later on the television program Shark Tank!)
We also have an entrepreneurial high school class where students can hear from a variety of local innovators and business leaders. They learn how to take an idea and form a business, including writing a business plan, researching marketing, analyzing costs, etc.
Our goal is to place our students in wonderful local companies in summer internships to get real-life experience. South Kansas City is currently exploding with new businesses moving to the area and there is a great demand for local students to stay and build long-term with these companies.
One idea from one student can radically change the world we live in. Why not let it come from a young one who loves the Lord and desires to bring impact in their world?
The Vision: Our JH/HS gardening class is full of learning and adventure. Last year we planted 32 apple trees that are in full bloom and beautiful. We have registered to be a local provision to schools with underprivileged students where we will be able to donate fruit once that cycle begins.
We have also done layer mulching and soil restoration, created edible landscapes, grown herbs (both medicinal and culinary), and studied tree management. Students will harvest produce to sell to our families and friends. We have dived into hydroponic gardening and are launching our chicken coop area, where our older students can interact with the younger ones in the care of the chickens. There is nothing like connecting with the Father and His heart as we work in His gardens.
The Class: The two-day class (Tuesday & Thursday) will begin this fall and include training in: layer mulching and soil restoration, edible landscapes, herb growing (medicinal and culinary), and tree management. Students will also be providing seeds, produce, plants, and services to the Daniel Academy building and community. This winter they will also learn indoor gardening, hoop house gardening, and hydroponic growing. In addition, students will have Joseph International mentors who will walk beside them and serve with them in the community gardens. It’s our desire to build this in the context of healthy community.
One of our school’s greatest priorities is to bring many high-caliber people in various realms of influence to interact with our students. This has also become one of our greatest joys. Through this exposure to a variety of people, stories and industries, we want to give glimpses to our students of the many options available to them as they pursue God in their callings. We’ve had doctors, professional sports players, entrepreneurs, actors, missionaries and many more come and speak to our students.
- We’ve had the honor of having Rick Santorum address our families and students about the importance of family and of education. We have hosted a city-wide high school Call2All conference and where Loren Cunningham, with Youth With A Mission, and Steve Douglas, with Campus Crusade, came and imparted their love for Jesus and reaching the lost.
- We’ve had inventors share about the unique devices they invented for missionaries. We’ve had entrepreneurs who have started local and international businesses tell their journeys with their successes and failures.
- We’ve had missionaries from Zimbabwe, India, China, Mozambique and other countries. We’ve had Brother Yun, Peter Xu and Father Anton visit us several times. We’ve hosted the leaders of Heidi Baker’s orphanage school and met with underground teachers in China who are planting schools.
Our students have had the opportunity to pray for the famous and the humble, counting it all joy to encourage visiting friends. And we’ve been able to give ideas for ways our students can and will impact the world.