January 2012 Newsletter

We are blessed! Our high school students have been counting down the days until they have their own place, and the time is finally here! We are putting the finishing touches on this brand new center and it will be ready for our use by next week.

We just want to take this opportunity to once again thank the MANY people who have helped make this project possible for us. This group of people includes our own students, who have come out and worked hard whenever we have needed them. These students have done everything from digging ditches and painting to helping build a handicap ramp. They have also cleaned, organized, and moved furniture around. You name it, they have done it. Firewall’s mission is to transform students into servant leaders and during this time, we have been able to witness the character of our students as they display what being a true servant leader is all about.

Now we would like to introduce two of these servant leaders as they share their stories:

Servant Leader: Annalyse
Many of you know Annalyse and her older brother Angelo. Annalyse is a tenth grader this year and has been in the Firewall program since the 6th grade. She is one of the kindest and friendliest students you will come across at our West Davie center. Her hard work in both school and around the center made it easy for us to choose Annalyse as one of our servant leaders this quarter. Her words:

“Firewall has changed me to become a better student because my grades have     improved. I worked really hard in all of my classes and with the help I receive at   Firewall every day, I am ending the quarter with only one C and the rest of my grades are A’s and B’s. After I finish my homework, I always help around the building and even help other students with their homework. I am usually the last one to leave!”

Servant Leader: Emily
Emily is in the seventh grade. She is an excellent student and overall, a wonderful girl both inside and out. She is the definition of a servant leader. She has achieved straight A’s since she began her sixth grade year and is truly a pleasure to have in our program. Emily says:

“Firewall has helped me change to become a better student and a better person. The mentors always make sure I am on task while doing my homework. If I don’t have any homework or I already finished it, I study for a test or quiz then I help others with their homework. Firewall has made me a better person because I have learned that I need to choose to do good things. You can’t just expect someone or something to make you into a better person. You have to be willing and choose to be good without expecting an award in return. Firewall has helped me stay on the right track and not be a troublemaker and also, to do my best in everything. ‘I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.’ –Philippians 4:13″