Over the course of the school year, The Feather Online covers nearly everything that occurs on campus and events within the community. With the help of the photojournalism and video staffers, the Fresno Christian online newspaper was able to publish videos, photos, slideshows, podcasts, comics and articles. The Feather staff would like to reflect on the achievements and notable events of the 2017-18 school year, both on campus and in the community.
Over 600 students, from brand new kindergartners to ready-to-graduate seniors filled the sanctuary overflowing into balcony seating in the Peoples Church auditorium with parents and teachers to attend Fresno Christian’s annual convocation for the 2018-19 school year.
Crowds form in the Peoples Church auditorium for the 37th annual FCS graduation, May 24. A feeling of joy grips the audience and seniors as the Fresno Christian Schools campus community remembers some of their fondest school memories and celebrates the 44 graduates of the class of 2018.
The San Joaquin River has been inhabited for thousands of years as early Native Americans settled in the Central Valley area. In the late 18th century, waves of explorers and settlers journeyed through the Valley, especially fueled by the Gold Rush in the mid 1800s. One of California’s longest, the San Joaquin River meanders for 366 miles, starting in the Sierra Nevada and eventually feeding into the San Francisco Bay. Presently, the river acts as a critical source of irrigation for the heavy agricultural production the Central Valley boasts. In addition, it is an expansive wildlife corridor, important to the environment and economy alike.
Peoples Church launched their latest expansion project early this May. The Believe More Than Ever project, dreamed up in late 2013, is a three-year, 18 million dollar, plan for constructing two new buildings, moving the GLJ Chapel, and refreshing the 45 acre campus. Peoples Church, founded in 1954, held its first service at Cedar and Herdon 40 years ago. Over the next 28 years, six more buildings were added. However, a dedicated children's building has yet to be constructed, which is one of the main problems the Believe project aims to solve.
As the year wraps up, seniors aren’t the only ones preparing to journey beyond Fresno Christian. Athletic groundskeeper and Vietnam War veteran, Valentine (Val) Rivera retires after over 10 years of faithful service to the school.
Four years ago 13 year old Cate Vander Kooi entered the Peoples Church auditorium, hands shaking, stomach in knots. Her fear weighed heavy on her shoulders as she walked in and took a seat in the freshman section, looking around with wide eyes. Thoughts raced through her mind as she watched upperclassmen greet each other and teachers corral kindergarteners into seats.
"My favorite part about the senior trip is being able to hang out with friends who will be going away for college," Avila said. "This is one of the last times to do that and I love being able to connect with all of them. The senior trip is good for seniors to go on because you can connect with your other classmates. We are like a big family. Being able to just do things with others and strengthen relationships is what senior trip is all about."
Longtime campus teacher Robert Foshee has served FCS since 2000, with 18 years as an advisor, teacher and coach. His consistent participation in school events have shaped the school, helping provide stability as it completes its 41st year.