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Happy Summer! While the official solstice may still be a few days away, for us at CCA the summer break has begun, and we are filled with gratitude for God’s blessing on our now-completed 2020-2021 school year. With all the year-end events and celebrations, this week’s Hobbit Hole is coming a bit later than usual, but I wanted to thank everyone who has read along this year. More importantly, I want to thank everyone for the countless hours of service, sacrifice, and hard work offered to make the school year an incredible (and in-person) success. We had a chance on the last day of school to recognize a few folks at our awards ceremony, but I know there are many who could not make it and whose service may never be fully known except to the Lord. Bless you, one and all!

This week I am attending and serving at the annual ACCS Repairing the Ruins national conference, and I eagerly await the reunion with many familiar faces, some of whom have not had the opportunity to meet face-to-face for a very long time. I am reminded of God’s generosity and care for our school on a number of fronts. I can’t wait to bring back lessons I’ve learned and conversations I’ve had, and we have a few teaching staff joining me as well. Not only that, but Mr. Roberts will be leading our staff at home through special online sessions, and there are even parent offerings for you to stream as well. I would encourage you to explore and take advantage of the wonderful speakers and content being offered. I hope you’ll be inspired.

Over the weekend I had the blessing of attending the commencement ceremonies at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy in Spokane, and I was struck by the realization (pointed out at the beginning by their Headmaster, Mr. Dowers), that our project is not just something that God is developing on a national scale with various schools scattered here and there, but He is also developing great partnerships in our own region. Between the three classical Christian schools in Spokane and Kootenai counties (The Oaks, Spokane Classical Christian School, and Classical Christian Academy), nearly 1000 students are receiving a Christ-centered, classical education each year, and we can sharpen one another not in the spirit of competition but with the common goal of laboring together for Christ. Imagine the generational impact on our region over the next 20 or 50 or 100 years! Visiting other schools, fellowshipping with other teachers and headmasters, and learning together in a broader community inspires all of us to keep our hand to the plough. Great things are happening, and we’ve got wonderful work to do again in the fall!

Over this summer I hope to share a number of book recommendations with you. Summer is a terrific time to tackle those books on your bucket list that you’ve been meaning to crack open for awhile now. It’s also a great time to model for your kids an ongoing love of learning, not to mention conversations, shared time together (especially read-alouds as a family), and thoughtful development of the mind in an era of mindless entertainment or media manipulation. I read the Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog on the plane ride, which is a beloved and amusing series with many volumes if you are looking for something that is both lighthearted and has potential for longevity. It’s geared for the early to middle grammar stage (chapter books), but adults will find it a kick as well, especially to read aloud to your kids. Your reading doesn’t have to be lofty, just look for worthy works and dive in!

Congratulations, again, on finishing a great school year. Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support. We hope to bring you updates through the summer months, and we can’t wait to see you back again in September. Until then, happy reading, happy resting, and happy rejoicing! May the Lord bless you richly in His abundant rest and love!

In Christ,
Bill Stutzman