Champions for Children event set

By Sylvia Dickson

Champions for Children, a benefit dinner for French Camp Academy was held on Monday, October 15 at the Country Club of Jackson. Over 250 people attended the event which featured Mississippi’s governor, the Honorable Phil Bryant, as the keynote speaker.

Champions for Children helped raise funds to support student scholarships and celebrated God’s faithful provisions through its supporters. Governor Bryant highlighted the need to better serve young people and their families through high standards in education, resources to help people live responsibly and places like French Camp Academy to walk with families through difficult times.

FCA students and graduates were evident throughout the evening. Alumni James Senyard led the group in The Pledge of Allegiance and Jordan Box sang The Star Spangled Banner. Current student, Dylan Dickey, spoke of the training, Christian mentoring, and education he is receiving at FCA. Under the direction of choral director, Hannah Cross, a choir of younger students sang To Believe by Michael Evancho.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the first Sam Patterson Award to Mr. Tommy Peaster, Chairman of the Board for BankPlus. As a member of the FCA Board of Trustees for 20 years, Mr. Peaster has helped champion the cause of young people from broken families through the ministry of FCA.

French Camp Academy, a Christ-centered home and school, exists to serve young people and families for the glory of God. If your church or civic club would like a presentation highlighting the ministry of French Camp Academy, please contact Lance Ragsdale, Vice President of Development at (662) 547-9464. Visit to learn more about the unique ministry of French Camp Academy.