Everyone loves stories. I do not mean everyone loves reading or everyone loves writing, but all people everywhere are engaged by characters, plot, and climax. We can know this is true experientially; when we talk with friends, family, or even strangers, we tell stories which fit into all types of genres. When we look at entertainment enjoyed by people, at the top of the list are movies and books, even magazines, newspapers, tabloids, and social media. These are all, in some shape or fashion, telling stories. But even more than this being true by experience, it is true because of God and His Word. We do not simply love stories arbitrarily, we enjoy them because we were created to do so. The Lord God as the Author of all things has written the greatest story of all, and it is found in the pages of the Bible. He has made us to love stories to point back to the Gospel, to His glory.
Pinnacle Classical celebrates this very thing in a unique way – Literary Character Day! Students come to school dressed as their favorite character from a book. During morning assembly, they share with the other students about their character and why they chose him/her. This is a fun, yet educational, opportunity for students to be excited about reading, literature, characters, and especially to help them remember the Author of the true Gospel story.
The school also uses the occasion to reward students for their Stories for Scholarship work. This is a fundraising effort during which students seek to gain pledges from people according to how many books or pages they read. For example, a person might pledge five dollars for every book that a student would read. All of the money raised goes towards scholarships for families who desire to send their child to PCA but do not have the resources. The children have a chance to help a potential student in need while being encouraged to read. PCA is truly thankful for the efforts and eagerness the students show in doing this. We celebrate opportunities to stretch our students, teach them to serve, and remember the greatness of stories that they might marvel at the best story of all.