Tuesday, February 19 was Life Day at Lakeside. Lakeside hosted Detective Caucutt, Kim Winters, Rachel Greiner, and Pastor Steven Pagels, who discussed different topics with each class.
Freshman Kiara Wolfram describes what she learned, “The freshman class had the pleasure of listening to Detective Caucutt speak about being responsible online. He told us how simple it is to impersonate another teen. To secure your account and information, use different passwords, limit the access the app has to your location, and absolutely do not share your address with strangers or other suspicious characters. Detective Caucutt then went on to advise us about what we should be sharing online. Although on some platforms, images, and text messages seem to disappear, that is not actually the case. Accessing the history of an account can happen in the snap of a finger. Not only could this be embarrassing in the short term, but it could also affect your employment, your school acceptance, and in some cases, jail time can be necessary. As Christians, we want to serve God by leading pure and decent lives. So next time you think about sending, posting, or tweeting something, remember what Christ would want us to do.”
“In the sophomore religion classes, Mrs. Winters came in to talk about premarital sex with the students and what the Bible has to say on this matter,” sophomore Ashley Grundman explains. “After talking about the promises that are tied to this act, the class then discussed different topics such as respect, modesty, and fun activities that can be done on dates in place of these things.”
Rachel Greiner from Healthy Choices, WELS Lutherans for Life, talked to the junior class about abortion. She shared a great statement that can be used to back-up pro-life beliefs: “I am pro-life because we know the unborn are alive, because they’re growing. We know the unborn are human because they have human parents, and I think human beings like you and me are valuable… and because the unborn are clearly human, they should be given an equal right to life as well.” Josh Brahm, from the Equal Rights Institute, first shared that statement with Ms. Greiner.
“On Life Day, the senior class was blessed to have Pastor Pagels from St. Matthew’s in Oconomowoc come. He informed us about Christian Life Resources which he is a part of. We learned that Christian Life Resources helps people make God-pleasing decisions regarding life and family issues. He also had an activity for us in which we discussed real scenarios and what we would do in them. The three situations he gave us were difficult to decide what to do, so it was interesting to hear other people’s input. It was neat to have someone like Pastor Pagels come in and be able to remind us of the importance of life!” senior Olivia Andress reported.
All of the students learned important lessons from the speakers. We have to keep Christ in mind while online, honor God’s commands about sex, stand up for unborn babies, and keep God first in our decision making.
—compiled by Elise Meier