Monthly Archives: February 2014


Why a BIG Serve?

Each month you write a tuition check. For many of us it is a great sacrifice. All of us feel it in our budgets. But here is something I want you to know about your tuition check: it doesn’t cover the real cost of your children’s education. Where does the difference come from?

First, our hardworking and underpaid teachers bear the brunt of this difference. Regents teachers teach at Regents because they are called to be here – certainly not because they earn a fat paycheck. These teachers, who are willing to work for less, make the education of your children not only possible but immensely effective.

But the key way that the Regents budget is funded each year, beyond what tuition provides, is through donations and fundraising. And our most effective fundraiser, by far, is the BIG Serve. The BIG Serve is a schoolwide service project in which our students, teachers, and parents serve their neighbors on one great day of service. This year’s BIG Serve is set for Friday, April 4.

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The BIG Serve is also a fundraiser in which our students send out support letters to family members, friends, and businesses around East Texas and around the country. In the four years that Regents has sponsored the BIG Serve, our school has raised nearly $120,000 and invited literally hundreds of friends and family members to become a part of our mission by making a financial donation that helps further realize our school’s vision.

We need YOU to be a part and make the 5th annual BIG Serve a success. It is critical to the growth of our school, and it is necessary if we will better support our teachers.

You can learn more about the BIG Serve, find out how you can take part, learn about serving our community, and discover how to send support letters when you come to the BIG Serve Kickoff Dinner on Monday, February 24, at 6:00 p.m. This is really one of the best nights of the year as we enjoy fellowship and a delicious meal, and prepare to make the BIG Serve a big success.

So please come out. Please support your school by taking part in all phases of the BIG Serve. And thank you for being a part of the Regents family.


DAR Contest Winners Announced

Regents Academy students were recently announced as winners in the annual Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) American History contest. Seventh grader Anabelle Terrell’s story won first place among seventh grade participants in the local contest, and fifth grader Caroline Alders’s story won first place among local fifth grade participants and first place in the state of Texas. Pictured (from left) are Miss Ruth Hoffmann, fifth grade teacher, Caroline, Anabelle, and Mr. Lance Vermillion, Regents Academy Academic Dean.

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Sam Alders Named National Merit Finalist

Regents Academy Headmaster David Bryant announced this week that Sam Alders, son of David and Nicole Alders, was named a National Merit Finalist,  a distinction earned by less than one percent of U. S. high school graduating seniors. He was presented with a Certificate of Merit by Mr. Bryant at a recent school assembly. Sam has been accepted to Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering and has been named a President’s Endowed Scholar and was recently awarded a prestigious Brown Foundation scholarship in recognition of his scholastic achievement in addition to his extracurricular activities and honors.

What an honor, Sam. Congratulations, Alders family!

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