November 10, 2022
El Cajon Christian School
DEAR Reading Buddies
One of the biggest joys El Cajon SDA Christian School has enjoyed this year is their DEAR Reading Buddies program. DEAR stands for Drop Everything And Read. It is well known program, which many schools incorporate. This is Escondido’s first year with DEAR, as new teachers Wendy Hidalgo and Michelle Mckinstry implemented it at the start of this school year.
Every Friday morning the upper grade students visit Ms. Hidalgo’s colorful and inviting classroom and read with their Grade K-3 partners. This not only provides students important academic development but also helps the older students mentor the younger ones and has built a great community spirit on campus.
San Diego Zoo Visit
One of the great advantages of having a school in El Cajon is being near the world-renowned San Diego Zoo. The school took advantage of a free entry promotion for kids in October and had a wonderful day.
Students enjoyed riding the Skyfari, taking the bus tour, playing at the newly opened Wildlife Explorer’s Basecamp. Science lessons and Bible stories came to life as students marveled at so many of God’s creatures great and small.