You Never Know Who is Watching
ICSV is part of a neighborhood. It is unusual for me to be in a school that has such close neighbors. We have a business on both sides and then residential houses on the other. Now at the corner, we even have a crane sharing our space. Twice a day, ICSV disrupts the normally quiet street with 300+ students either arriving or leaving all at the same time. Parents line the sidewalk to wait for their little ones, and then the big ones squeeze by. It’s a sight to behold!
Even throughout the day, children are on the playground or shooting hoops with their friends. The sound of laughter and happy cries echo through the air. I love having my office window overlooking the basketball court. It’s fun to cheer them on and to watch the teachers playing friendly games with their students after school.
Well, I’m not the only one who is watching. Just recently, one of our long-term neighbors stopped one of our German-speaking teachers to tell them how much they love having ICSV on their street. The neighbor wanted us to know that she sees the difference between our school and the others that she knows. She mentioned that she has noticed the lack of drugs or alcohol here and that our students are polite when they need to retrieve a ball that has gone over the fence. She even noted that the school leaders stop to pick up trash! You just never know who is watching.
The fact that our kids are polite, that we care for our property, and that the students are happy just being with each other has made an impression on her. It is my hope and prayer that she will begin to understand why it is different here at ICSV. Why are our kids polite? Because we are striving to instill in them Christian character. Why does she see us enjoying each other in community? Because every student is valued and treated with respect. As we continue to grow and even to expand into our new building, may our neighbors see ICSV as a light that shines God’s love into the world!
Because of His Faithfulness,
Dr. Sharon Brobst, Director