Grace Story: Kari Lugo

Growing up as a kid, in any day or age, isn’t always easy. Children, especially today, are faced with innumerable amounts confusion and world conflicts. Having a safe, Christian environment to learn is crucial in these trying times. Grace Lutheran School provides that to so many families, a gift from God above!

I can remember way back to attending Grace Lutheran School in kindergarten, not necessarily my first day, but still I can remember that far back. I can remember the feeling of safety, security and love I felt within these walls. As I continued my education at Grace through 8th grade, I enjoyed wonderful friendships with fellow students, some who I still see and talk with, important relationships with my teachers and most cherished of all, a built up backbone of faith in Christ Jesus.

My parents were middle class working parents, like many still are today. They worked hard to be sure my brother and me could attend a school that taught us the ever saving grace of God and instilled in us the deep roots of faith. We learned how to practice those beliefs in our everyday lives. We had special attention academically when we needed it, stern but loving correction when we needed it and wonderful musical praise opportunities, which have enriched me throughout life; I still remember learning how to count time to music from Mrs. Hall!

When I transitioned to public school in 9th grade, I had a very difficult time learning the way of the outside world. I was a bit naive and shocked to see what my peers were involved in and it took me a long while to assimilate. But, despite these obstacles, I always had my backbone of faith behind me. When faced with questionable situations or ideas or attitudes, I always knew intrinsically what was right and what God wanted. I knew this because I had been raised up and educated by the wonderful teachers and staff of Grace Lutheran School.

All these years later, my answer is always the same when people ask me about Grace Lutheran School. I tell them how it molded in me an unshakable faith, a strong backbone that I could always align to in times of fear or uncertainty. In fact, I still cling to that strong backbone of faith to this day. Life never gets easier, but through my education at Grace Lutheran School, I learned that I will always have a safe and true place to land; in the arms of my Savior, Christ Jesus!

Kari Lugo
Former Grace student 1980-1988