Currently Serving Northern Heights & Coesse Elementary

The LifeWise & Center Partnership 

Lifewise is a national nonprofit with rapidly expanding sites around the country.  The Center has collaborated with Lifewise to pilot the first Lifewise site in Whitley County in 2022 with plans to continue partnering to open a Lifewise opportunity at every elementary in the county.

What is LifeWise?

LifeWise is a Released Time Religious Instruction (RTRI) program that provides Bible-based character education to public school students. Under RTRI laws, students can be released from public school during the school day to attend religious classes, provided the program is off-school property, privately funded, and parent-permitted. The LifeWise curriculum is designed to take students through the entire Bible, beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation, over the course of five years. Each lesson reviews a Bible passage and a “Living LifeWise” character trait. The lessons’ order and activities are flexible and can be modified as the teacher finds necessary. 

How do I enroll my student? 

LifeWise Whitley County is currently offered for FREE to students at Coesse Elementary and Northern Heights Elementary. LifeWise programming takes place off school grounds at Oak Grove Church of God and Big Lake Church of God respectively. Transportation is provided by certified LifeWise bus and van drivers. For the 2023-2024 school year, LifeWise programming occurs at the following sites and times listed below: 

  • 4th-Grade Coesse Students: Wednesdays from 9:20 AM- 10:15 AM
  • 5th-Grade Coesse Students: Wednesdays from 11:05 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 4th-Grade Coesse Students: Wednesdays from 9:20 AM- 10:15 AM
  • 1st-Grade Northern Heights Students: Thursdays from 11:45 AM- 12:40 PM
  • 2nd-Grade Northern Heights Students: Tuesdays from 9:35 AM- 10:30 AM
  • 3rd-Grade Northern Heights Students: Thursdays from 1:15 PM - 2:10 PM
  • 4th-Grade Northern Heights Students: Thursdays from 8:45 AM - 9:40 AM
  • 5th-Grade Northern Heights Students: Tuesdays from 8:00 AM-8:50 AM

Students must be registered in order to attend LifeWise programming! You can register by clicking the button below.

Meet the LifeWise-Whitley County Team!

Say "hello" to Lisa O'Dell, Sarah Banks, and Jacie Stahl! All three of these ladies have a heart for youth and a passion for sharing the Gospel. Jacie Stahl has served as the LifeWise-Whitley County Program Director since the fall of 2022. Both Lisa O'Dell and Sarah Banks served faithfully as Lifewise volunteers during the 2022-2023 school year, and now Lisa and Sarah will serve as certified LifeWise teachers. Additional members to the LifeWise Whitley County team include a strong volunteer base of over 10 local community members! All LifeWise volunteers are interviewed and screened to ensure the safety of all LifeWise students. 

Contact Us

Jacie Stahl

LifeWise Whitley County Program Director

Email Jacie | Call/ Text: 260-609-0142

Learn more about LifeWise!


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