APRIL 12-19


In the 2023-24 school year we have humbly asked you to be BOLD in giving to the ECS Annual Fund. We couldn’t be more encouraged or grateful for your response in making sure we meet our $500,000 need. Through the generosity of our community, the impact of your gifts is realized daily at both of our campuses.

Today, we are a little more than $100,000 away from reaching our goal. The ECS Annual Fund is vital as tuition does not cover the full cost of the ECS experience. It ensures we have the resources necessary to create opportunities for every student to flourish, from Little Eagles to 12th grade. 

The Annual Fund reaches every corner of ECS, including the four initiatives we have highlighted below: the Jim Heinz Athletics Fund, the Dee Baker Teacher Development Fund, the Security Fund and the Fine Arts Fund.

Please pray through exploring the possibility of helping ECS fulfill its Annual Fund need as we Spring into Giving. Thank you for your consideration.

In Christ,

Brandon Artiles
Director of Annual Fund


Your gifts to SPRING INTO GIVING will support these funds:

Jim Heinz Athletics Fund

Named in memory of the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Coach Jim Heinz, this fund will be used to support and upgrade athletic facilities on the Shelby Farms campus. Upgrades to our weight room, locker rooms, softball and soccer facilities are our top priorities and our most immediate needs. These improvements will help develop our student-athletes physically to better compete with our peer schools across the state, while also developing them spiritually in Christian discipleship offered by coaches who share Coach Heinz’s goal of building godly leaders for life.

Fine Arts Fund 

The ECS Fine Arts department is one of the most recognized programs in the region, having won Most Outstanding awards in a competitive field of both public and private schools in the following categories at the 2023 Orpheum’s High School Musical Theater Awards: Most Outstanding Director, Most Outstanding Large Ensemble, Most Outstanding Choreography and Most Outstanding Chorus. In order to continue to offer our students the best Fine Arts experience possible, we need to upgrade our chapel with better lighting, sound and prop/set storage. In our effort to offer the most well-rounded fine arts program, we also need to create new visual arts spaces, including a pottery studio, to accommodate growing demand.

Dee Baker Teacher Development Fund

We often hear from our students and alumni about the lasting impact that our teachers make on their academic, social, emotional and spiritual lives. Coach Dee Baker, in whose memory this fund was established, is an example of one such teacher who greatly impacted students during his 39 years of teaching and coaching at ECS. As a way to honor Coach Baker’s legacy, the faculty development fund will help us seek, hire and retain mission-fit teachers and train them in ongoing professional development to pursue excellence both inside and outside of the classroom.


Security Fund 

Student safety is at the forefront of every parent’s mind in today’s world. Under the experienced guidance of Security Directors Mike and Lora Strauss, ECS has made significant strides over the last two years to ensure that both of our campuses are more secure than ever before. The security fund will allow us to continue to upgrade significant items such as fencing, gates, security software, cameras, door control access and armed personnel.

ECS Annual Fund

The variety of opportunities ECS offers is not covered by tuition alone. The Annual Fund ensures all of our programs are fully funded, maximizing the student experience at ECS. 



With your gift to SPRING INTO GIVING, you will help ECS continue to do what it does best – offer excellent academics in the context of biblical discipleship. We are so grateful for your partnership as we seek to build students for life.

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