My name is Bianca Albright. I am married to Dale Albright and have two boys Dereak and Noah. They have been attending New Hope since we moved here in 2003 – my oldest since 2nd grade and my youngest since Kindergarten. Our family attends River Valley Community Church. I work on-call as an Emergency Room RN at Three Rivers Community Hospital and Rogue Valley Medical Center. My favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:23. “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” – NLT I try to apply this verse to everything I do in life whether it be at work, doing housework, volunteer work, etc. I also try to instill it not only in my own children, but also in the children I am blessed to coach or come in contact with at New Hope.
I have been the middle school volleyball coach for the past three years and will be coaching high school volleyball starting with the 2012-2013 school year. I love both playing and coaching volleyball. Aside from the obvious physical benefits, it teaches hard work, endurance, teamwork, discipline, and dedication. Volleyball is unique compared to many other team sports, as it requires mandatory teamwork. You cannot hit the ball more than once in a row. So, the only way to success is to allow others on your team to help you. I find this to be representative of life. It is very difficult to be successful without relying on the help of others and being part of the community of Christ rather than just an individual. Also, how well you pass or set the ball to your teammate has significant impact on their success. This mirrors what the Bible teaches us. We are to focus on others rather than just ourselves and helps us realize that our performance and how well we do things affects those around us.
When we moved to Grants Pass I found New Hope Christian School in the phone book and chose it simply because it was close to where I was living and the ad in the phone book said the school had been around for 40 plus years, at that time. I figured if it had lasted that long it must be good! Since then, we have moved almost 20 miles from the school, but what keeps us here could never fit in a phone book ad. The staff and other families have become an extended part of my family. Which is incredibly valuable when you have very little family in town. I have a loving community to call upon when I have a need. I have peace and security in knowing that when they are at school or at another student’s home, they are being instilled with and cared for according to the same Christian principles that I insist upon in my own home. I have confidence that the teachers and coaches view them as children entrusted to them to help them achieve spiritual, academic, and athletic success. They are not just another tuition payment, nor are they just another body on the court or field.
My advice to students attending New Hope would be to get involved. They should be part of something bigger than themselves and occupy their time with something valuable. If sports is not their blessing, then choir, band, drama, Crew or Student Government. There is something for everyone. My advice to New Hope parents is the same. Get involved. I did not truly understand and appreciate how great New Hope is until I started volunteering. It also allowed me to get to know some amazing parents, staff, and students. It has also been an essential vehicle for me to be involved in my own children’s lives outside of the home and to make a direct impact on a place where they often spend more hours a day than their own house!