Week of Prayer High School students gathered each morning during the last week of September for worship and praise and a message from Pastor John Wheeler, youth pastor at the Carmichael SDA church in Sacramento, and an RAA alumnus. Students linked arms and sang, "What a priceless gift this undeserved life have I been given through Christ crucified. You've called me out of death and into life." Click here for more photos.
Science Camp at Lassen Park RAA's junior class students in chemistry and U.S. history taught the junior high about the chemistry and history of volcanic eruptions at Mt. Lassen. The 7th and 8th grade students learned about lava tubes, pyroclastic flows, lava flows, hydrothermal activity, and spatter cones. They also had the opportunity to explore some small lava tubes in the Hat Creek lava flow. Click here for photos.
Whitewater River Rafting High school students journeyed to the Trinity River on August 26, where they experienced the rejuvenating effects of "the chill of the river and the heat of the sun," according to RAA Principal Wayne Gungl who says, "God created us closer to the outside environment than what we find inside. It was a special day." Click here for photos.
Elementary Music Program Elementary music students performed a full program at the Redding Seventh-day Adventist church on February 26, 2011. The bell choir played "Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us" and "Etude in C". Strings played "Sweet Hour of Prayer" and Ode to Joy." The choir sang "Alleluia" and "Creator King." Click here for more photos.
Cake Auction and Variety Show Each year the senior class sponsors a cake auction and variety show to raise money for their class trip. This year's auction featured the usual fabulous cakes that brought many good prices. A silent auction also took place. Prior to the auction there was a Mexican dinner prepared by the senior class. Over 200 people enjoyed the food, and a hundred additional people attended the event. Classes performed group skits and music programs. Individual students performed violin and piano solos. Some students sang duets. The school band also performed. Click here for more photos.
Rehearsing for the Annual Christmas Program RAA band students rehearse "Jingle Bell Rock" the day of the 2010 Christmas program. This year's program "Winter Wonderland" began with the lighting of the Christmas tree and prayer by Chaplain Don Smith. Students from all grades participated in the evening event. The program featured the high school band, the high school choir, Candace Livolsi's harp students, the elementary choir and the K-12 combined choirs. The high school ladies chorus sang "O Holy Night", "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year", and "Not That Far from Bethlehem." RAA Strings played "Greensleeves." Click here for more photos.
HIgh School Students Celebrate "Spirit Week" Every year the Associated Student Body (ASB) sponsors "Spirit Week" for high school students. Each day of the week features a theme which gives students the opportunity to dress accordingly. Students had great fun this year especially during "stereotype day." Click here for more photos.
Bell Choir Performs Christmas Program Across Redding RAA's bell choir brought Christmas cheer to several venues in the Redding community over the holidays. Each year the choir is invited to perform at Mercy Hospice's annual Christmas program and for the Retired Public Workers annual Christmas lunch at Mercy Oaks. In addition to these engagements, the bell choir played at the Shasta Mall for the first time. The program included "Jingle Bells", "Ding Dong Merrily on High", "O Come,O Come, Emmanuel", "We Three Kings", "Carol of the Bells", "Silent Night", and "Silver Bells". Click here for more photos.
Dog-A-Thon On a cold, rainy Sunday in early November, over 70 people gathered at the Diestelhorst Bridge by the Sacramento River Trail to participate in the Dog-A-Thon put on by students Shelby Ford and Kassi Turk. The event was created in response to a challenge by Bible Teacher Devanne White to do something positive for the community. The Dog-A-Thon, which raised $800, was a benefit for the Shasta County Animal Shelter. The students, who hoped to raise awareness about the shelter, were rewarded with a front page story in the Record Searchlight. Click here for more photos.
Fall Festival On the last Sunday of October -- Halloween --, RAA students, families, and friends from the community gathered for the annual Fall Festival with all kinds of games to play and great food to eat. Each class sponsored an activity or a food specialty as a fundraiser for their class. The Mexican food booth and the flashlight maze created from cardboard boxes were top draws. For a nominal sum kids could toss a friend or the principal in "jail"! It was difficult for most people to pass up the ice cream sundies and baked goods. The costumes were adorable, and the event kept the kids safe on the school campus and off the streets for Halloween. Click here to see more photos.
Jr/Sr Bible Retreat In October 2010 juniors and seniors attended a weekend Bible Retreat at Leoni Meadows. Several students commented on the dating and integrity in relationships seminar where they heard an important message: “just remember that relationships in high school most likely won’t last, so don’t give everything away. Help your Christian brothers and sisters stay modest and pure.” The seminar on Bible study also made an impression on students. One said, “I like the way the instructor dissected the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus. It showed me how to look more in-depth at a Bible story."
Red Ribbon Week RAA students enjoyed celebrating positive choices during this year's Red Ribbon Week. Each day had a different theme with "Lei off drugs" prompting Hawaiian dress. With an emphasis on service at RAA, students are encouraged to put their energies into helping others. Currently high school students are feeding the homeless lunches one Friday a month. Freshman and sophomores are are involved in a dog-a-thon to benefit the Shasta County Animal Shelter, a diaper drive for CareNet Pregnancy Center, baking goods for Breast Cancer Awareness, and making iPod and camera cases to purchase sleeping nets for kids in Africa.
Elementary Cross Country Runners The elementary cross country runners finished the2010 season in excellent form with some strong placings at the city championship. There were six top ten finishes and a first place finish in 4th grade girls. Great running kids! 21 students in grades K-4 competed and 8 in grades 5-8. Click here for more photos.
The 2010 Girls Varsity Volleyball Team The 2010 girls varsity volleyball team under the coaching of Parent AnnMarie Groen is having its best season ever with a shot at the league championship. In early October the team travelled to Walla Walla University in Washington state to play in a tournament. The team placed 7th out of 21 teams. Way to go Ladyjacks! Click here for more photos.
Student Leadership Conference In late September five students and two faculty members travelled to Leoni Meadows for the annual Student Leadership Conference sponsored by the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In speaking of his experience there, Junior Michael Moore says, "We learned that being a leader is not so much about leading but serving. A good leader is a follower of Jesus."
"Giving Back" Homeless Ministry On a cool and rainy August day, RAA students ministered to Redding's homeless and needy at the "Giving Back" event at Library Park. Students served lunch, handed out clothes and toiletry items, repaired bikes, gave manicures and pedicures, and prayed with individuals. "Today I saw God's hands and feet," says Bible teacher Devanne White. "It was incredibly moving." Click here for more photos.
"The Prince of Egypt" Benefits the Good News Rescue Mission On Thursday, April 22, 2010, Redding Adventist Academy performed an original production of "The Prince of Egypt" as a benefit for the Good News Rescue Mission. Over 250 community members attended the event which raised almost $2000 for the Mission. The Mission's Community Relations Director Ken White said, "What a production! I was deeply impressed. My kids loved it. My wife loved it. Everyone I talked to loved it!" "The Prince of Egypt" tells the inspirational story of Moses and features songs by renowned lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz. RAA's production used video special effects including a backdrop of the parting of the Red Sea. Click here to see photos.
Student Ambassadors Represent RAA at Community Events Student Ambassadors volunteered their services at the 2009 and 2010 Chamber of Commerce Business Expo and the 2010 Sierra Cascade Logging Conference. They will also help at five concerts in 2010 presented by the Shasta Community Concert Association. They are selected by their teachers for strong character and leadership skills and their ability to represent the school in a positive manner. This activity enhances opportunities for college admissions, financial aid, grants, and scholarships.
Lighted Float Joins Christmas Parade The RAA bell choir charmed spectators at Redding's 2009 Christmas parade playing "Jingle Bells" on a float engineered by Parent Charlie Brown. He created solid stands for the bells and even had lighting for the music. Parents and friends of the school gathered at the staging area prior to the parade and followed the float to the start on California Street. Those accompanying the float passed out candy canes. Click here for more photos.
International Students RAA hosts international students from a number of different countries including France, Holland, Korea, and Thailand. This program gives families and students the opportunity to learn about other cultures and to build lasting relationships with those from other countries. An RAA student has become fast friends with the student from France.