Written by: Headmaster Dr. Brian Dougherty
Last month, our school and church family lost a very special friend in Mrs. Vickie Davis. Tragically, Vickie succumbed to the scourge of cancer; but those close to her know the disease did not take away the joy and peace that she found in her relationship with Jesus Christ. Vickie faithfully served not only the body of Christ at Sherwood Baptist Church, but the students of Sherwood Christian Academy for 20 years before retiring in 2015 to tend to her health needs.
Vickie was absolutely sold out to Christian education and always had a heart for students who needed some extra encouragement. She was an engaging teacher who was not afraid to roll up her sleeves and help students experience meaningful, hands-on learning. Mrs. Davis is credited with starting our 7th grade tradition known as Driftwood—an outdoor education field trip to St. Simon’s Island each year. She also took a team of students to the Future City Engineering Competition in Washington D.C. after winning state in the spring of 2014. But what impressed me most about Vickie was how she always drew Christ into the conversation. She understood the essence of a Christian education—that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to unlock the heart of a student to help each of them reach their full potential. Vickie was often found praying for her students to this end.
Before her memorial service, I was presented with the idea to honor Vickie with a scholarship fund in her name. I thought this gesture was so fitting. Vickie’s heart was for any student desiring a Christian education to receive one. This special scholarship will be designated to help families who financially need some extra help to make this a reality. A lead donor has come forward to offer a matching gift challenge of $10,000 to help get the fund started. For every dollar that comes in for this worthy cause, it will be matched until the end of the fiscal year. Would you consider joining other donors in making a matching gift to the Vickie Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund to make a Christian education possible for needy students? You can send in your check made out to SCA with Vickie Davis in the memo line to the attention of the Headmaster at Sherwood Christian Academy, 1418 Old Pretoria Road, Albany, GA, 31721. Thank you for your prayerful consideration to honor both the legacy of Mrs. Vickie Davis and to help deserving students receive a Christian education at SCA.