Some Sterling College students are receiving instruction from an unusual source: third graders!
In an initiative started by Judith Best, an assistant professor in the SC elementary education department and the administrator of Sterling Academy Charter School, students in the social studies methods class at SC correspond with students at Newark Christian School in New Jersey.
The rural college and inner-city elementary school came together when Dr. Keith Phillips, founder of the inner-city Christian mission organization World Impact, spoke at a Sterling College Convocation several years ago and shared about Newark Christian School, established by World Impact in 1984. Newark Christian School is committed to ministering to the inner-city poor through providing quality education and a godly foundation for young students.
The following year Professor Best connected students in her social studies methods classes with students at Newark Christian School, and she has continued the tradition ever since. "Some of the students at Newark have had contact with Sterling College for six years at this point," she said.
The SC students began their relationships this semester by writing to the third-graders about who they are as college students. They also encouraged the children in some aspect of their lives. The children at Newark then r