2021-2022 Annual Report connecting students to
Creator &Community “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: "' Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Matthew 22:36-39
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I am excited to share that the 2021-2022 school year brought an incredible season of growth to Harbor Light Christian School. Arising from a time of hesitancy and uncertainty as the pandemic lingered, the Solid Rock Center expansion project pushed forward, and 54 new student faces could be seen in the hallways; at each turn, we were reminded that the Lord goes before us, is our protector, and forever remains a most faithful provider.
Bob Johnson, HLCS Board President & Kelly Dutcher, HLCS Administrator
It has been truly exciting to see God at work, as our community came together to move forward in the building of our Solid Rock Center. We started the school year with a large steel frame outline of the structure and ended with a fully closed-in building, moving toward a hopeful completion in mid-Fall. The culmination of this debt-free building project, ahead of schedule, can be greatly attributed to the blessing of over $870,000 that was received last fiscal year alone.
As our campus expands and enrollment continues to grow, our efforts and intentionality in binding our body together, has redoubled. At HLCS we are preparing the next generation to be leaders for Christ. We have an exceptional Christ-centered learning environment where we strive for all of our students to feel connected with one another, the staff, and most importantly, feel connected to their creator. This year, we spent time intentionally building community through a 7-12th grade retreat, local missions days, an all-school Thanksgiving Dinner, and a March reading day where all students Pre-K-12th grade paused learning and took 15 minutes to connect while reading with an older or younger buddy. On behalf of the school staff and HLCS Board of Education, we express sincere gratitude to our families, our financial supporters, and to the community for helping make HLCS a school where God’s kingdom is advanced through the transformative work of Christian education. In His Service,
MISSION: Preparing Next-Generation Leaders for Christ
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Harbor Light Christian School was founded in 1985 as a non-denominational Christian School in Harbor Springs, MI. In Fiscal Year 2021/2022, the school served 181 students and their families Pre-K through 12th grade, representing over 22 area churches. Our loving faculty and staff are committed to and invested in our students. They teach with a biblical foundation and pray with their classes, providing students the opportunity to grow in wisdom in a safe, Christ-centered environment. 2
Revenue and Support
Other Income $90,924
Other expenses $68,750
Program Expenses $111,456 operating expenses $838,567
Tuition and Fees $677,992
Solid Rock Center $874,530
Charitable Contributions $553,692
Solid Rock Center $933,185
fundraising and Marketing $178,999
"I LOVE HARBOR LIGHT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL! THE KIDS, PARENTS, AND STAFF ARE AMAZING. I FEEL LIKE I AM WITH FAMILY. WHEN I WENT THROUGH TOUGH TIMES IN THE PAST TWO YEARS I HAD SO MANY PEOPLE PRAYING FOR ME AND ENCOURAGING ME, FROM PRESCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL." - MS. SPENCER
Scan the QR code to see a timelapse of part of the construction process!
MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS: Fall 2021: Fundraiser held, first tours given
December 2021: Connection built & matching grant met
January 2022: Plumbing & electrical begun, cement poured, lockers & bleachers installed
Summer 2022: Drywall, painting, plumbing, electrical, & HVAC completed, gym floors installed
Average Number of Years Working in Education
Number of HLCS Alumni on Staff
10 : 1
*Full-time students divided by full-time equivalent instructional staff
HLCS is governed by a School Board comprised of 7 members from area churches: Bob Johnson, President Rebecca McCray, Vice-President Chad Hanes, Secretary Jeff Jakeway Becky Ledingham Maria Lucier Missy Tarvudd
Kelly Dutcher, HLCS Administrator Erin Barnes, Guidance Counselor Shelda Blair, Athletic Director Gary Mindel, Harbor Light Community Chapel Senior Pastor
HLCS stewards students toward the unique calling God has placed on each of their lives, integrating a biblical worldview into all subjects, whether the focus is college prep or career training.
We desire for all students to know the Father, and do our utmost to equip them with wisdom and discernment grounded in the teachings of the Bible.
25 of 49 HS students in Honor Roll 22 HS students enrolled in Dual Enrollment courses
23 Coffee Time gatherings with parents 101 chapel messages shared Weekly student-led morning prayer Weekly parent prayer See You at the Pole morning of prayer
"HLCS PUTS US IN A POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT WITH OTHER BELIEVERS THAT WILL HELP US GROW IN MATURITY AND SPIRIT." -HLCS STUDENT 6
A testament to our generous community of givers like you
Thanksgiving feast- 220 meals served!
MEMORABLE EVENTS Grandfriends Day Missions Days All-School Thanksgiving Feast Christmas Concert International Dinner MS/HS Retreat Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Read With a Buddy The Music Man Science Fair Swordsman Olympics
hours spent setting up the gym for the final year people served in various communities on Mission Days hours of recess
2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
EACH FIGURE REPRESENTS 2 STUDENTS
2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
Swordsmen train their bodies, minds, hearts, and souls through athletic pursuits. They honor God through the practice of commitment, endurance, cooperation, accountability, perseverance, and respect.
We love to see our students excel creatively in drama, music, visual art, and worship arts. We believe that creative expression enhances academic learning.
Boys Basketball District Champions Girls Basketball District Champions Softball Program restarted Soccer Program restarted
CTAC Youth Art Show awards 2 full-length drama productions Christmas and Spring concert HLCS students in DGSP concert
HAVING OUR SON AT HARBOR LIGHT GIVES US PEACE OF MIND, KNOWING THAT HE IS RECEIVING A TRUTH- AND GOD-BASED, QUALITY EDUCATION (AND SO ARE HIS FRIENDS!), MAKING NAVIGATING THIS CRAZY WORLD THAT MUCH EASIER!" -HLCS PARENT
A MODEL HLCS STUDENT: Owns their faith relationship with Jesus Is a servant leader, prepared and motivated for lifelong service Is academically equipped in all areas Lives out the gospel by loving their neighbor
Has confidence in their identity in Christ
PARENTS DECIDE: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF HLCS? COMMUNITY ATMOSPHERE
SHARED EXPERIENCE WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS
PASSION FOR JESUS AND A GODLY FOUNDATION
The Class of 2022 saw 8 students off to college, and 2 directly to the work force. All of them are equipped to be leaders for Christ in this next generation!
Dawson Badgero Work force
Noah Galer NCMC
Jack Johnson Salutatorian
Alaina Roush Valedictorian
Michigan State University
Bobby Blome NCMC
Spring Arbor University
Claire Ledingham Wheaton College
Quintin Gahn Work force
Rosemary Hoffman Saint Mary's College
Fiona Ledingham Wheaton College
"BOTH OF OUR DAUGHTERS GRADUATED FROM HLCS. IT WAS THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF OUR LIVES. HLCS SHOWED THEM WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO LOVE AND SERVE GOD'S PEOPLE. WE WILL NEVER REGRET SACRIFICING TO SEND OUR KIDS TO HLCS- WE WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN!" -HLCS PARENT
Scholarships & Continuing Education $60,000
Beacon Fund $50,000
Outside of the state and federal education system, Harbor Light Christian School is allowed the freedoms of a Bible-based curriculum and an intentional Christian focus. Operating with this freedom is made possible by a combination of tuition fees, continuous fundraising, and gifts from generous donors. HLCS is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization, and all gifts are tax-deductible.
Solid Rock Center $400,000 Give appreciated stock or through your IRA and receive a tax benefit Call the school office at 231-347-7859 Text hlcsgive to 833-245-7331
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"HLCS HAS HELPED ME GROW CLOSER TO GOD. IT IS FULL OF PEOPLE WHO ENCOURAGE ME TO JUST BE MYSELF AND TRY THE BEST I CAN." - HLCS STUDENT