Sixty minutes early last Wednesday morning held special meaning and purpose for Hesperia Christian School.


During the "Patriot Hour of Hope," which was held in the Hesperia Senior Campus Terrace Room, several school administrators and parents shared their testimonies of gratitude and hope.


"Our teachers are the greatest teachers in the world," said Cindy Harmon, the school's administrator. "We teach our students to be leaders with Christlike qualities."


But the school has needs that can't be provided through student tuition alone. Additional money must be raised to purchase specific items and services. The school's wish list includes 10 new desktop computers, five new 36" TVs for classroom use, reconditioned football gear, mini-blinds for 10 classrooms, new partitians for elementary school restrooms and additional proctors.


Harmon also wants to double the school's scholarship fund "so we don't become a school of the financially, economically elite."


Moreover, she said, "I want to meet the need of every student."


During the program, several people shared why HCS is so important to them. Harmon talked about how a gym teacher inspired her to reach for meaning and purpose.


"She taught me about basketball. She taught me about life," Harmon said.


So Harmon became a coach and eventually joined the staff of HCS, where she was named the HCS administrator.


"As HCS captured my heart I felt there was something special about the school."


Director of Development Deanna Hays introduced testimonials. The first was Luanne McKinney, a HCS mother who talked about how the school provided a refuge for her son after he experience tough times at a public high school.


"I think being in an environment where there's violence seems to affect a child," McKinney said.


Within two weeks at HCS, she said, "He was my child again."


Also providing a testimonial was Kim Howard who talked about the support her family received when daughter Shelbie faced surgery.


Parent Bill Hague gave an emotional call for parents and community members to help out.


"Nineteen years ago we [the Hague family] made the wisest decision," he said.


That was the family's decision to enroll their children at HCS.


Hague announced the Patriot Partners for Education program and asked supporters to make whatever financial pledge they can.


The final speaker was Pastor Dave Ley, who put the call for help in a Christ-centered perspective:


"It's an investment in our lives, and it's an investment in our eternity."


The Hesperia Christian Junior High Choir directed by Julie Hendricks provided the entertainment. Choir members included Jessica Allen, Ally Brown, Cassandra Castro, Paige Chirco, Tiffany Copeland, Christopher Cox, Bonnie Crew, Lyndee Dahn, Marc Fleming, Brett Guinan, Jordan James, Daniela Martinez, Alyssa Sandello, Gabriela Vazquez, Addison Woods and Dylan Woods.


HCS has 470 K-12 students, 70 preschoolers, and 130 homeschoolers. The school, which opened in 1966, has 46 faculty members and 32 administrative and support staff.


Student test scores are above national norms, usually in the 70th percentiles or higher. More than 80 percent of HCS graduates go on to college, according to the school.


HCS is accredited by Association of Christian School International and Western Association of Schools and Colleges.