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The Dawn Treader Christian School in Paterson,
the last Christian School in Paterson
The school has a current goal to raise $100,000.00 to sponsor 20 new students, to enroll in our 2020-2021 school year this September. Can you please help?
We have a great story to tell…
Dawn Treader Christian School is the oldest Christian school in Paterson, NJ. It all began in 1977 when Herbert Van Denend, a board member of Eastern Christian School and member of Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church, founded the Dawn Treader Christian School. Mr. Van Denend, along with the other founding members, had a heart for Christian education and wanted children in Paterson to have an opportunity to learn and grow in faith in a Christian environment. They ventured out to find a suitable building and settled on purchasing The Rosen Mill.
The name Dawn Treader comes from the ship in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia book series, and represents the school’s goal to help students embark on a voyage of learning and discovery. For more than 43 years, Dawn Treader has been a safe haven of hope and strength for many families in the city of Paterson and its surrounding cities. Our students thrive in an environment where education, cooperative learning, and the fruit of the Spirit are nurtured and celebrated.
A high percentage of our students score on and above grade level on state standardized tests in math and language. In many non-Christian Educational environments, students are challenged with bullying, low self esteem, and ungodly influences, which tend to lead to poor academic performance. Upon graduation, most Dawn Treader Christian School alumni are accepted into the high school of their choice. More than 80% of our students graduate from college. Many of our students have received acceptance into impressive universities and have become doctors, lawyers, judges, real estate agents, teachers, business administrators, principals, musicians, journalists, and marine biologists, to name a few.
Many of our students come from a single parent home and desire a nurturing learning environment. In light of this, our current students need financial assistance in order to attend and remain at Dawn Treader. Additionally, the school still exists in its original setting—the very first silk mill ever built in the late 1700s in Paterson’s historic district, in the shadows of the Great Falls. As you can imagine, this magnificent facility is in need of many renovations. We can only give every child an opportunity to receive a great Christian education if our facility remains a safe and efficient place in which to serve and educate.
The doors of Dawn Treader Christian School have remained open through the generosity of many people, like you, who opened their hearts and sowed a seed of love to help the students of Dawn Treader. Like the Dawn Treader ship, you can help Dawn Treader students embark on an incredible voyage of Christian education and prepare them to make a difference in our world. As the story of Dawn Treader continues, we invite you to invest in the lives of our students as the next chapters of Dawn Treader unfold.
Will you please prayerfully consider sponsoring a student with a donation toward their tuition or simply provide a financial gift to help keep the school operating? Both will go along way to ensuring this school’s Christ-like light burns bright in Paterson and changes lives.
Please help us create more success stories. To make a donation, register below or to just make a donation using our giving page.
Thank you for giving,
Pastor Charles Salinas