The Garrity Family
Submitted by Teresa Hendren in Home Page Stories, Parents, RCS Stories on February 26, 2020
A Choice of Strong Ethics and Community
One of the RCS goals to #CelebrateRCS during our 50th anniversary is to connect with current RCS Parents and see what God has been doing in their families life. Dr. Hearne recently interviewed first grade parents, Robert and Esther Garrity.
As part of the interview, Dr. Hearne asked Mr. and Mrs. Garrity to share their thoughts on this month’s theme verse, Psalms 40:3, “He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.”
Mr. and Mrs. Garrity shared: In every new season of life, the Lord puts a new song in our heart. With all the blessings that He bestows on us, we can only but sing His praise. When we openly sing His praise, we share with the rest of the world the role that God plays in our lives that creates a ripple that is seen and felt by the community around us. We become a living testimony that brings others to put their trust in God.
Tell us about your family and something you like to do together.
Mr. and Mrs. Garrity: Like most Bay Area Families, Bob and I are transplants. Bob grew up in Hawaii and traveled the world thanks to the U.S. Navy, and I grew up in Southern California and spent most of my time there until moving here to Northern California. Maddie, however, a true native, was born to us in the Bay Area more than six years ago. She is our miracle child, a blessing from God.
It is our goal to spend as much quality family time while including special friends and neighbors. We like to explore the Bay Area and the many offerings of our community. Every outing and activity is an adventure, but the most important aspect of these journeys is that no matter what we are doing, we are together and creating memories.
Why did you choose Redwood Christian Schools?
Mr. and Mrs. Garrity: We considered many options, and weighed the many choices for education in the region. We searched for a school that offered a quality education, but more importantly, one that was strongly rooted in Christian ethics and community. At RCS we found both without sacrificing either aspect.
What do you love the most about RCS?
Mr. and Mrs. Garrity: The feeling of community and spirit is the thing that stand out the most to us. From the faculty and staff to the other parents and students there is a sense of family that is very warm and uplifting. The goal to create well rounded and God-fearing adults is one that is shared by the RCS Community.
How has RCS helped your child to grow/develop academically, socially, and/or spiritually?
Mr. and Mrs. Garrity: There has not been a single day in which Maddie has woken up to say “I do not want to go to school.” Each day we pick her up, she has a smile on her face and a heartwarming story to tell. When Victory Drill seemed an impossible challenge, it proved to be an amazing blessing, creating a child that loves to read. When our meek and timid kindergartener seemed slow to make friends, our now first grader has a plethora of stories to tell about her many buddies. And when she shares what she has learned about Jesus, our hearts know that she is where she is meant to be.
What makes Redwood Christian Schools Unique?
Mr. and Mrs. Garrity: Mr H’s love of bacon and chocolate milk, Dr Hearne’s many unique outfits and stylish colorful socks, Mrs. Bicker’s perfectly well behaved and prepared-for- first-grade students, Miss Orluck’s singing dog, Jogman Jr’s boundless energy and Mr. Johnson’s crazy yo-yo tricks are some the reasons that make RCS unique.