This year marked the 4th annual celebration of Pinnacle Classical Academy’s Greekfest – the school’s field day. The President of our board of directors, Dr. Marcus Moody, headed up the day as both the organizer and emcee of the festival. Students and teachers arrived at school clad in their most creative “ancient civilization” dress, and assembly began with a greeting from Dr. Moody dressed as Marcus Aurelius wearing his “beard of glory.” During this time, Marcus Aurelius taught that the purpose of playing all games is not to win or even have fun, but to practice good sportsmanship. Indeed, this starting point for the games helped the students to orient their thinking in an appropriate manner as they separated into their teams to commence the events.
Our teams this year were the Fire Bandits and the Honey Badgers. Each team had one student captain, as well as students from every grade level: from kindergarten through 8th grade. It was the responsibility of each team of students to provide their own name, chariot design, and supplies for their chariot’s decoration. One of the most exciting things to witness before and during the games was their teamwork in preparation and in playing. During the preparation stage, the students on each team worked together making suggestions with respect to the necessary responsibilities, and voted on which suggestion to use. While such a vote would typically be cause for sore feelings, the Lord gave immense grace for the students not only to be alright with the decisions that were made, but even to go so far as to thoroughly rally together around the majority’s idea.
We delighted in the encouragement that the students gave one another, and seeing each team cheer for both its members and the opposing team was thrilling as they remembered the reason that they were all playing. At the end of Greekfest 2014 everyone was a winner thanks to God’s graciousness upon our festivities.