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John Byrd

John ByrdI enrolled in Emmanuel’s kindergarten program  in 1966 and graduated from high school in 1979.  Emmanuel provided a solid academic foundation that prepared me for undergraduate and graduate work at Clemson and North Carolina State Universities, respectively.  While it did not seem important to me while in elementary or high school,  now that I think back, Christian teachers that cared about student learning, low student to teacher ratios, and Biblical based discipline policies created the atmosphere that allowed students to learn and develop the study habits necessary for advanced education.  Although boy’s sports were limited to soccer, basketball, and baseball when I was a student, these activities helped me develop team working skills that are necessary in most occupations.  Bible classes I took as a student, help me even now, as I teach 7th and 8th grade Sunday School.  So, Emmanuel helped provide me not only a solid academic education, but for Christian life as well.