Core Values Academy (CVA) and Core Values Life (CVL) made an entrance for the 2016-2017 academic year this Fall.
CVA Seattle children show off their hand prints
CVA in Seattle began the first day with a collaborative project between CVA Elementary students and their older brothers and sisters to answer the question, “What can I contribute to CVA this year?” Young and older wrote their answers on cutouts of their traced hands and combined it onto the CVA Tree that will decorate the community center all year long.
Middle and High School CVA, now beginning with joint activities between both classes, combines fun and mentorship before diving into discussion groups on life of faith, identity, destiny, and much more. This year, CVA is bringing more focus on the aspect of SERVICE and emphasizing the importance of parent and community involvement.
CVA New York/New Jersey gathers at the community park for family activities
Families from New York and New Jersey started off the CVA year with activities for parents and children. After setting internal and external goals, the families had time to share reflections and play together at a local park. Families plan on gathering every other week for education, activities, and reflection. Heavy parent involvement is a key to making these gatherings productive and relevant to Blessed children education as the community looks to the future.
Core Value Life (CVL) for college students and young professionals started strong with an exciting lecture and discussion led by Mr. Patrick Nolan. The first presentation pinpointed the topic: Culture VS. Structure. Those outside WA state are able to participate through online hangouts hosted by FPA USA Director of Blessed Children Education, Kenshu Aoki. CVL is a platform for young adults to engage in mentorship, service, in-depth Divine Principle studies and discussion, and education and adventure workshops.
Girls hold bake sale to raise money for the nonprofit animal care shelter PAWS
Grades 4-7 Core Values Academy class in Seattle just finished off their 3-month long service project to support the local animal shelter PAWS. The project involved learning about animals and animal care from a Godly perspective, organizing and holding bake sale fundraisers at the local library and supermarket (rain or shine), engaging their younger siblings in the community through a treat-making activity, and more!
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the girls dropped off their hard-earned $500 donation to PAWS. Through this experiential learning opportunity, the girls were able to learn about important values and life skills such as determination, compassion and sacrifice, learning from feedback and teamwork. This was also a valuable experience for the teachers of the class who were able to realize just how much innate leadership potential lies within young girls.
This project was not possible without the continuous support and cooperation from the parents. A big thank you to all who helped make this happen!
Greetings Blessed Families,
I feel very privileged to be in the role of national director of blessed children education. I am overseeing several education programs such as Core Values Academy (Pre-K to High School), Core Values for Life (college age and young professionals), and Jr. LTF (Leadership Task Force for Middle & High School). I am also involved in supporting the newlywed blessed couples, as they strive to live up to Heaven’s expectations. I believe the best kind of investment is raising the next generation. The brightness of the future depends on how much the youth are able to resemble God as they mature their character, grow their hearts, and develop their skills and abilities to live for the sake of the world.
Although I’ve been involved in blessed children education for the majority of my adulthood, I have been most inspired by the work and words of Hyun Jin Nim. His words of wisdom are not only profound and riveting, but are also applicable and relevant to daily life. The children of our community are not growing up with blind faith. They are continuously striving to deepen their personal relationship with God, as they challenge their limitations in their daily life. Some of them have to get ready for school at 5:30 in the morning. So they wake up at 4:30am to do Hoon dok hae, the tradition of studying for spiritual growth. Many have found their motivation in God to do better in academics, sports, music, community service, and express more love to their parents and siblings. They have also become mentors to those friends that look to them for wisdom and strength. One student in the New York community recently received a prestigious national award for her science research. These kids are truly a witness to the “Blessed” in “Blessed Children.”
My family has also greatly benefited from our involvement in blessed children education. My wife, Karilee, teaches grades 2 & 3 of the Core Values Academy. As we work as a couple for the same cause of raising the youth, we find that it has brought us closer together as we go through the same challenges, excitements, and discoveries. The educational contents of CVA and other programs are also very helpful to us as young parents of our own four children. It’s always a struggle to raise children well. Of course, striving to be good examples for our kids is an on-going effort.
We are grateful to God for all His blessings bestowed upon our community. Naturally, we want to spread these blessings to many others. It is my hope that our blessed families can benefit many more families in our surrounding neighborhoods. After all, it is our mission to spread God’s blessings to our surroundings.
May God Bless you and have a Happy Thanksgiving Day!
Parents, college students and graduates of the Seattle community hosted a Halloween party for the younger kids to enjoy the holiday in a safe environment. The message of Halloween was given a Heavenly twist where the children were encouraged to share their candy instead of hoarding it, and to believe in their God-given potential.
During April 2015 in Seattle, Core Values Academy (CVA) did many joint classes where different age groups collaborated around common lessons. Many of the lessons were surrounding the theme, “Siblings’ Realm of Heart.”
The Grades 4-6 and Middle School classes even did a siblings’ hike, where siblings were paired up and given certain tasks to
model good sibling relationships. For example, each sibling pair was only allowed one backpack, so they helped each other carry the backpacks throughout the hike. There were moments when siblings were seen encouraging each other and lending each other jackets. Though it was a rainy day with a bit of snow at the top, the participants persevered, and they were welcomed with a hot bowl of homemade chili when they returned to the Family Peace Center. They concluded with a reflective discussion by class, led by their respective Core Values Academy teachers.
In the New York/New Jersey community, they launched “Core Values Academy Day.” This will happen once a month, where the CVA children, parents, and the entire FPA NY/NJ community will spend time together. For their first CVA Day, they went to Congers Lake to go hiking. Afterward, they had a barbecue together.