New hope for struggling students

ENGLEWOOD — The Rev. Michael Lindsey, pastor, wants to ensure every child in the community has the benefit of a quality education, so he’s developing a new private school — kindergarten through sixth grade — and day care at the Englewood Church of the Nazarene.

It’s called Englewood Christian Academy.

“Pastor Mike partnered with Pastor John Henry, from Community Presbyterian Church,” said Diana Zett, director of Community Presbyterian Preschool and Childcare Center. “Pastor Mike had an idea of opening a school down there. It’s a partnership of helping out and supporting a Christian school.”

Zett said discussions regarding the school started about a month ago.

“The part that we’re working on is to add preschool kids to help single parents,” Lindsey said. “If they have financial difficulties, we offer day-care services during weeknights and Saturdays.”

Lindsey said the center will provide extra discounts for those who go to Community Presbyterian Preschool and Childcare Center. It will also provide discounts for private schooling if parents choose to enroll in the community day care.

“We have fellowships and grant money we can work with that will keep costs down,” he said. “We’ll rely on state scholarship money before we get to private donors.”

The school will have four classrooms with one multipurpose room that will also serve as the cafeteria. The sanctuary may be converted into a gymnasium. The school will emphasize a one-on-one education to allow students with academic problems to thrive.

“The sanctuary only gets used on Sundays,” Lindsey said. “We may replace the pews with chairs.”

The school will be starting with eight faculty members, and one will be his wife, Cheryl.

“I bring creativity in teaching,” she said. “Some students get left behind, but I’m a very hands-on person. I’ve worked with special needs children. The school will give the option for kids to be one-on-one.”

Lindsey said this will be achieved through a series of workbooks called paces.

“There are 12 paces for each subject per grade,” he said. “It allows the student to have more individual attention.”

The church is registering students for the fall starting Aug. 19.

“We’re looking to start with 60 children with an average of eight per grade,” Lindsey said.

School hours will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday. After school day care will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday day care’s hours will vary depending on need from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, go to http://www.aceministries.com/curriculum/  ?content=main or call 941-475-1034.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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