The Red Bird Christian School buses were rolling throughout the Red Bird Valley on the morning of August 11 picking up K-12 students for the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. One of the buses now passes by the newly renovated Bonnie Asher Lawson Girls Dormitory and the Boys Dormitory. Current dormitory residents hail from the traditional dorm service area of southeast Kentucky and from other parts of the United States and Mexico. Other international students are expected to arrive in the coming days.
Red Bird Mission Executive Director Dr. Taylor Collins and new Head of School Michael R. Hensley welcomed the middle and high school students at their first 8:00 a.m. devotions. In a brief address, Dr. Collins gave a special welcome to the fifteen residential students already living in the dorms, and he announced that the eventual goal would be dormitories adequate to house sixty students.
Dr. Collins lifted up the history of the “mountain people” as being hospitable to “strangers” passing through. He noted that his grandparents would receive travelers overnight that were passing through from Pineville to Hyden on business, and, in turn, families in Pineville would host his grandfather overnight when he had business in Pineville.
Dr. Collins encouraged the students saying, “We have a history of graciousness. I challenge you to continue that history. This school is a family, and we are laying the groundwork for another 93 years. It is the dream that your children, your grandchildren, your great grandchildren and your great-great grandchildren will have Red Bird Christian High School and Elementary School to come to. It is very important to our people in a day when education sets us free economically, and spiritually, and otherwise.”