Over 450 people gathered in the ballroom of the Frisco Omni Hotel on October 23 to celebrate all things Legacy. A festive spirit filled the room as fellow parents, past parents, faculty, alumni, and current and past leaders of the school came together to recognize and honor those who played a significant role in the establishment and growth of our beloved school. Super volunteer, Tracy Todd, was recognized for her years of service to our school community by receiving the inaugural “Legacy Heart of Service Award.” We continued our tradition of honoring past servant-leaders by bestowing the “Legend of Legacy Award” to our founding Head of School, Mrs. Jody Capehart. We were challenged by John and Sherilynn Alcala, this year’s Stronger Together chairs, to make this year’s campaign a total team effort by “cutting down the net,” a reference to the epic upset of the mighty UCLA basketball team by an underdog Notre Dame team in 1974, ending the 88 game winning streak, the longest in NCAA men’s basketball history. And, we were moved by a heartfelt video that captured how our core value of Primacy of Scripture is being lived out on a daily basis among our students and faculty.
The highlight of the evening for me was the inspirational message delivered by Mr. John Stonestreet, the President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. In his message, Mr. Stonestreet emphasized the vital mission of Christian education. A scholar of C.S. Lewis, he referenced a chapter in Lewis’s classic work, The Abolition of Man. The chapter, entitled “Men Without Chests,” warns of the folly and danger of education without a moral center. While a secular education addresses both head knowledge (intellect) and heart knowledge (emotional feelings), it fails to provide a moral rationale for a virtuous life. This chapter closes with one of Lewis’ most famous quotes, “We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”
This is exactly why I have devoted 31 years of my professional career to the worthy cause of Christian education. It is why Janna and I sacrificed material gain to ensure that our own children received an education that reinforced our Christian values and shaped them to become virtuous men. Thank you, parents, for the sacrifices you make to ensure your children receive a moral, Christ-centered education. Our world needs the Christian leaders we are developing at Legacy more than ever.