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Bible Ceremony

posted Sep 29, 2017, 6:27 AM by Scott Frizzell   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 6:29 AM ]
This past week, we enjoyed witnessing the 6th and 7th grade Bible Ceremony. This special annual event is when we present our youngest students on campus (this year two grades) with their Harding Bibles. Mr. Paul Fisher, our Academic Dean, shared a wonderful message about his Bible he received as a young teenager, and how important it had become to him as he matured. This is part of our commitment to encouraging the Bible as the roadmap for our students' lives. We believe it is the most valuable item we can give our students, and it is one of our favorite parts of the year. 
But what happens for students who were not at Harding in 7th grade? When do they receive Harding Bibles? In the past, they would receive them their senior year. However, due to a wonderful change in policy this year, we awarded Bible to ALL new students, regardless of grade. We love that this gives our students a longer period of time on our campus with these Bibles. As part of the change, each grade's new students received their Bibles in a grade-specific chapel on Wednesday. Our new 8th graders received theirs in front of the entire middle school, since every 6th and 7th grader had already received a Bible the day before. Teachers read blessings over our new 8th graders, and our 8th grade class was charged with the spiritual leadership of their Houses. After the Bible presentation, Houses met to brainstorm about their House mission and Bible verse. The conversations were wonderful! We are so excited to be a school where these conversations can happen regularly.