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"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

At the core of every transformative experience at School Alive is our incredible network of partners. Meet the organizations and individuals who breathe life into our ethos of "Authentic HAMSTER Education." Hailing from varied backgrounds with distinct strengths, our partners converge around a common mission: to steer each student toward fulfilling their God-given potential. Discover the entities and personalities that fuel School Alive's pursuit of excellence and make our vision a vibrant reality.

K-LOVE

Partner

kdollard@kloveair1.com

K-LOVE is a multiplatform media ministry on a mission to draw people closer to Christ. Founded in 1982 in Santa Rosa, Calif., with a single radio station, K-LOVE now owns and operates more than 1,100 Christian broadcast signals across all 50 states.

 

In addition to local radio, K-LOVE reaches around the world through its online streaming audio platforms, and a large family of media ministries including podcasting, video streaming, books, films, concerts, and live events. Through it all, the heartbeat of K-LOVE has always been ministry. In addition to reaching people using the transformative power of media, K-LOVE’s Pastoral Team cares for audience members through some of the most challenging times in their lives. Last year, more than 600,000 prayer requests were submitted to K-LOVE and 233,000 crisis calls were answered by a staff pastor.

 

With more than 500 team members serving across its offices in Franklin, Tenn., Rocklin, Calif., and field locations across the country, K-LOVE is a ministry of eternal significance. For more information, visit www.klove.com. 

Shine.FM

Partner

kristine@shine.fm

Shine.FM is a dynamic Christian radio network dedicated to fostering stronger families and communities through the power of music and shared experiences. Shine.FM is based in central Indiana and broadcasts on multiple frequencies including 99.7 FM which reaches a diverse audience across Lafayette, Frankfort, Kokomo, and Lebanon. The station's mission revolves around building relationships that positively influence people for Christ, using music as a catalyst for community connection and spiritual growth.

 

At the heart of Shine.FM's approach is its commitment to creating personal connections among listeners, bringing inspirational music and meaningful content that resonates with everyday life challenges and triumphs. The station is a hub for various community-driven activities and events, encouraging local participation and support. These events serve as platforms for uniting the community, enriching the spiritual lives of individuals, and promoting values that support family and communal strength.

 

Furthermore, Shine.FM partners with various organizations in the region to amplify its impact. These impact partners collaborate with the station to spread positive messages and support communal initiatives. This collaborative effort not only enhances the station's reach but also bolsters its commitment to transforming communities from the inside out, making Shine.FM a vital part of central Indiana’s cultural and spiritual landscape.

Greater Lafayette Commerce

Partner

information@greaterlafayettecommerce.com

Greater Lafayette Commerce has been a cornerstone of regional development since its formal establishment as the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce in 1927. Today, it serves as a dynamic network of businesses and organizations, dedicated to fostering economic and community prosperity. As an advocate for local business, this organization offers its members unparalleled opportunities for growth, networking, and advocacy, ensuring they have the tools and connections necessary to thrive.

 

Membership with Greater Lafayette Commerce provides unique value through innovative programs, regular networking events, and vocal business advocacy. The organization focuses on creating opportunities for members to market their products and services, connect with one another, and gain access to essential resources. This community-centric approach allows members to share knowledge and strategies, fostering a collaborative environment that benefits the entire Greater Lafayette region.

 

The mission of Greater Lafayette Commerce is clear: to advance economic and community prosperity for a superior quality of life. Their vision of creating a vibrant community where people, industry, and businesses thrive together reflects their commitment to sustaining the legacy of collaboration, growth, and success. Through their dedicated efforts, Greater Lafayette continues to be a hub of progress, embodying the spirit of innovation and mutual success.

VELA Founder Network

Partner

hello@vela.org

The VELA Founder Network is the nation’s leading community of entrepreneurs dedicated to creating alternatives to conventional schooling. Established in 2019, VELA supports innovative educational ventures by providing early capital, access to a thriving community, and connections to essential resources. The network aims to accelerate the exploration of new frontiers in education, fostering a vibrant alternative education ecosystem that empowers parents and founders alike.
 

At VELA, the belief is that sustainable change in education originates from grassroots efforts. The network empowers parents to take charge of their children's educational journeys and enables founders to deliver dynamic and effective education solutions. By supporting these visionary entrepreneurs, VELA is driving community-driven innovation outside the traditional K-12 system, making a significant impact on how education is approached and delivered.
 

The VELA Founder Network consists of thousands of independent operators from all 50 states and three U.S. territories, all united in their mission to revolutionize education. These founders collaborate both in-person and online, pooling resources, sharing ideas, and inspiring the next wave of educational entrepreneurs. With diverse perspectives and unique talents, the VELA community continues to grow, enhancing the educational experiences for families and contributing to the creation of a sustainable and vibrant educational ecosystem.

Lafayette Macaroni KID

Partner

bethc@macaronikid.com

Lafayette Macaroni Kid is a free online publication that serves as a comprehensive resource for families in Lafayette, Indiana. The platform provides a weekly newsletter and a website dedicated to sharing kid and family-friendly events happening in the community. From fun local activities like movie listings and junior playwriting to sports and educational classes, Lafayette Macaroni Kid ensures families can easily find ways to engage and entertain their children right in their own backyard.

 

One of the standout features of Lafayette Macaroni Kid is its user-friendly, no-cost subscription model. Subscribing to their newsletter is a straightforward process that takes only a few moments, allowing families to stay updated without any hassle. The subscription can be easily canceled at any time, ensuring complete flexibility for users.

 

Content for Lafayette Macaroni Kid is meticulously gathered from a variety of reliable local sources, including libraries, schools, performing arts centers, science museums, sports facilities, and local newspapers. This ensures that subscribers receive the most accurate and up-to-date information about events and activities tailored specifically for families in Lafayette, fostering a strong sense of community and engagement.

National Microschooling Center

Partner

info@microschoolingcenter.org

The National Microschooling Center stands as a beacon of innovation in the educational landscape, championing the microschooling movement with an all-encompassing embrace. Recognizing the diverse needs of families and the distinct values they hold dear, the Center fosters an environment where diverse educational philosophies coexist harmoniously. By advancing the growth, health, and evolution of microschooling, the Center ensures that every child, regardless of background, has the opportunity to flourish in a setting tailored to their individual learning journey.

 

As a resource hub and movement-builder, the Center extends its support to a wide array of stakeholders in the microschooling domain. Leaders contemplating the inception of microschools or those seeking to enhance their established institutions find solace in the Center's wealth of learning tools, trainings, and a vibrant community of visionaries. Parents exploring educational alternatives for their children are seamlessly connected with microschooling leaders, empowering them with knowledge through surveys, videos, and compelling narratives from fellow microschooling families.

 

For policymakers and media representatives, the National Microschooling Center offers comprehensive insights and frameworks to guide policy formulation and public understanding of microschooling's impact. Headquartered in Las Vegas, NV, the Center not only informs and educates but actively participates in sculpting the future of education, emphasizing the unyielding potential of the microschooling approach to cultivate a generation adept in 21st-century skills and grounded in community and individual values.

The Forge Training Center

Partner

rmendenhall@schoolalive.com

The Forge Training Center is a dynamic and comprehensive martial arts and fitness facility. It offers a range of classes including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, specialized firearm training, combat conditioning, and the refinery program. The center focuses on creating a community and family atmosphere where members make a valuable investment in their lives.

 

Their training extends beyond physical fitness to include Senaptec training, which enhances cognitive functions and aids in recovery from traumatic brain injuries. The Forge is committed to safety and realism in training, utilizing non-lethal simunitions for realistic firearm training scenarios.

 

The team at The Forge is led by Rob Mendenhall III, the owner and Krav Maga instructor, and includes professionals like Brad Maddox, a BJJ Coach, and Nicole Mendenhall, a Nutrition Coach. Together, they foster an environment where members can train, grow, and excel both physically and mentally.

Dr. Rachel Anne Day

Partner

rday@schoolalive.com

Dr. Rachel Anne Day earned her undergraduate degree at Purdue University and her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Northwestern University. Over the past 33 years, she has practiced dentistry in Glenview IL, Westborough MA and for the last 17 years in Lafayette IN. Being self-employed for 30+ years, Dr. Day brings with her a depth of business experience and expertise. As a dental care provider Dr. Day is passionate about maintaining her commitment to professional excellence and remains a continual student of the art and science of dentistry. In her commitment to continuing education, Dr. Day has been active in organized dentistry at both the local and state levels in two states, serves as a local leader of an international study club, and has been recognized by her peers with induction to both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists.


Dr. Day has been blessed by her career in dentistry and remains passionate about blessing others in her professional circle. This passion is seen as she mentors employees new to the industry, mentors college students who aspire to become a dentist, and as she mentors new colleagues navigating the challenges of being a new provider on the island of self-employment. A continual seeker of knowledge Dr. Day balances her experience of 33 years with the advances afforded to us through research and development to provide her patients with individual solutions and opportunities for optimum oral health.

 

Dr. Day and her husband, Michael Davis, are the parents of three adult children (all married) who reside in Pittsburgh PA, Seattle WA and Lafayette IN. In her personal time Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, family, hiking, reading and experiencing anything new.

Mrs. Saundra Kay Whiddon

Partner

swhiddon@schoolalive.com

Mrs. Saundra Kay Whiddon is an award-winning local artist whose work is displayed at the iconic Fowler Mansion in the upstairs gallery, the Lafayette Transitional Housing building, Logansport, Indiana Artists’ Avenue, Columbia Park Memorial Island, private shows at TAF, and local libraries. She paints weddings, monthly sermon paintings, local outdoor art, and special events art. Saundra is a native Texan who relocated from Texas to Lafayette to be near her children. She loves spending time with her family, painting, sculpting and singing. Saundra teaches art workshops for corporate entities, church organizations, art groups, and private events.


Her work has been shown at the Butler Longhorn Museum, Barbara Bush library, galleries in the Galveston Art walks, the Sportsplex in Houston which houses one of her sculptures entitled “Most Precious Offering” Ltd ed 3, Silk Stocking Art Gallery and numerous art shows in the Houston area. Saundra won First Place for her entry in the National Daughters of the American Revolution Heritage Contest entitled, “Most Precious Offering”. She taught art to home-schooling programs, adult municipal programs and held the position of art director for public relations firms in the Houston area. Saundra belongs to multiple organizations including LSAG and the Houston Art Federation. She has many years of experience in designing and creating theatre sets for traveling troupes like Arizona State University’s Childrens’ theater group, acting as a parade float designer for individual organizations and municipalities. Saundra tutored native American children in Oklahoma and Arizona. She also wrote a local art column. It is her conviction that all of her talents should be used to glorify God through speech and using those gifts to enrich the lives of others. Her passion is to teach others how to develop their gifts.


Saundra studied at Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas, Corpus Christi State University (currently Texas A&M Corpus Christi), Pensacola Christian College and Berean Bible College, Springfield, Missouri. She has taught art, history, science and drama in private schools and charter schools. Saundra is an ordained minister and has ministered in music and message throughout Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, including Oral Roberts’ Victory Campgrounds missionary conference.

Mrs. Angela Sue Bridwell

Partner

abridwell@schoolalive.com

A Crawfordsville, Indiana native, Angie earned her accounting diploma from Indiana Business College. For over 15 years, she worked in accounting, financial reporting, and administration management at Indiana manufacturing companies including Inland Container and Masterguard Corporation. Following her time in manufacturing, she worked for three years in higher education as an administrative assistant to the Director of Career Services at Wabash College in her hometown.


Now a mother of four and grandmother of three, Angie homeschools her youngest children. Alongside her husband Jason, she serves as a Sunday school teacher and small group leader at their church, Church Alive. Angie has served in the children’s program with Bible Study Fellowship for over 7 years. Her faith is an essential part of her life, as she strives to be a devout Christian wife and mother.


With decades of experience in accounting and administration, Angie is adept at communication and management. Her background in manufacturing industries also gives her insights into that sector. Angie is deeply rooted in her Lafayette, Indiana community through her work, volunteering, and family life. She is dedicated to education, both professionally and as a homeschooling parent.

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