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Joshua Report – February 2024

Martin Luther King Jr. Day – The Empty Seat

In honor of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the students and staff at JCA South participated in the play “The Empty Seat” by David Mychal Bland. Under the direction of 2-4 Grade teacher Dr. Carolyn King, Mrs. Lois Edwards took on the role of Rosa Parks when she refused to give up her seat at the front of the bus for a white person. Soon after, Rosa partnered with Rev. MLK Jr. to lead a year-long boycott of the bus system which resulted in the desegregation of public spaces. Other people in the skit were: Mrs. Shelly Jerrett, Mrs. Olson, Mr. Luscombe, Mr. Mleko, Dr. King and other students participated. Dr. King believed in nonviolent protests. He was arrested 29 times during his life as a civil rights leader and received the Noble Peace Prize Award in 1964. He was assassinated 4 years later at age 39.

JCA Literacy Night

JCA students and families celebrated the joy of reading at their annual Literacy Nights! Families connected with teachers and other families, played games and made crafts. Every student who attended got to choose free books to take home with them. Students left with smiling faces, rejoicing with their families at the books they chose to read! Thank you to our families who attended for supporting their students in practicing reading at home.

That’s a Wrap for the Warriors

Win or lose, cheering on your school’s student athletes is so much fun! The Warriors played their last basketball game of the season on Friday, January 19 at the MidAmerican RecPlex and celebrated some successful wins. The team was led by coach Rankins who practiced with them all season and encouraged them from the sidelines. We are grateful our students have the opportunity to play basketball and we look forward to growing our team next season!

John Dee Bright College Presents at South

Secondary students at JCA South received a special presentation from John Dee Bright College at Drake University. Bright College offers affordable, two year associate degrees, making educational excellence more accessible to all. “Bright College serves qualified learners who may otherwise face significant barriers to attending Drake, whether financial, cultural, or work and family related” (from Bright College website).

At the end of chapel, students were able to ask the presenters questions and have conversations about attending college after graduation. This was an exceptionally great opportunity for our seniors, especially those who are currently enrolled in college courses through Faith Baptist Bible College and are considering continuing their education.

Sprinklers Freeze at South

January’s extreme cold temperatures affected many across the state, including our South location’s sprinkler system. We received a call at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17 that our sprinklers had burst from freezing and the fire department had to cut off our sprinkler system. Our maintenance hero Lyle Sweeney and one volunteer spent 4 hours cleaning up the water that had flooded our chapel and office.

We are thanking God for keeping our students and staff safe during the emergency, and providing wonderful donors and volunteers who quickly came to our aid! These are the kind of problems we could not solve without your support. Because of our donors and volunteers, students were able to return to classes safely and quickly.

Coming up at JCA

School Accreditation

We are currently asking for prayer partners as we continue in our application to become an accredited nonpublic school. We are now in the provisional phase of the application application process which will allow us to accept Educational Savings Accounts for the 2024-25 school year. Giving current and future students access to Iowa’s ESAs an especially important tool to propel JCA’s mission of providing affordable, quality Christian education to urban children in the city of Des Moines.

Save the Date

Joshua Christian Academy Annual Banquet Celebration

Friday, May 3, 2024 at 5:30 PM

JCA Secondary Mission Trip

Secondary students from JCA South will be traveling to South Dakota this summer to serve on a Native American reservation. This trip will be a great opportunity for students to learn cultural awareness, leadership skills, and most importantly, how to share the Gospel with new friends. If you would like to financially support a student’s trip, please contact

Blessings and Needs

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