Mission groups help The David School 'learn while serving'

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DAVID, Ky. (WYMT) - The David School is a tuition-free, non-profit private high school in Floyd County that offers an alternative educational experience.

The school operates under one mission: "Learning while serving."

Dean of Students Jessica Thompson said this mission is all about helping students succeed.

"It's very, very important for us to make sure that they have skills that will propel them into the future where they can be successful and be okay," Thompson said.

She also said the giving goes both ways. She said the school would not be successful without the community it works to serve.

"Their help is crucial to making our program successful," Thompson said. "And to being able to offer our students an alternative to public education."

Project H.O.P.E, a mission group from Pennsylvania, completed a few projects at the school last month. Those projects ranged from building a new bridge, replacing the flooring, and painting murals in some of the classrooms.

Thompson said this type of mission work, which is often done at the school, has helped it stay afloat. She said community outreach helps with some of the things the school might not otherwise be able to afford.

"We receive zero dollars in federal or state funding," she said. "So, we have to raise every dime that we get. And it's difficult. Sometimes it gets really tough."

Thompson said these partnerships with mission groups and entities in the community are the most important bond in achieving the mission of The David School.

She said more groups are expected to be in the area in the coming months.

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