Freshman Collaboration

The Freshman English class collaborated on a poem in which we praise God for His abundant goodness to us. This is especially appropriate in that ZLO has been revitalized this past year thanks to a group of dedicated parents who poured out their time, gifts and prayers on our behalf.  May God be praised.

A Psalm of Worship and Praise
inspired by Psalm 145
Freshman English writers

Worship Him for what He has made:

Your body, hope, mercy,

Water, air, and the sky

Holding thousands

Of shining diamonds. (Angela)

The Lord is righteous

His bounty rains down on those who fear Him

He protects all those who love Him

He will destroy all those who walk in darkness

He lifts up all those who fall (Derek)

I thank you God for

The everyday surprise,

Grass that sparkles with early morning dew,

Rays of sunshine that pierce through deep fog,

And hidden flowers that display brilliant hues. (Emma)

He gives hope to the hopeless

He gives strength to the weak

He awards wisdom to those who follow him

He breathes life into the dead

He promises everlasting life to those who love him (Waylon)

May we speak

Of your mercy and grace forever

Will the children of

Our children speak of

Your mercy and grace. (Greg)

The Lord teaches the birds their songs

And gives the flowers their garb.

He set the atoms spinning

And put the planets in place.

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise! (Travis)

Freshman Poetry

Mrs. Likkel’s Freshman English class spent Poetry Month writing a variety of poems.
Here is one poem by Emma Clarke, inspired by “Seed” by Luci Shaw.


God revealed
His awesome power,
dividing the
roaring sea
with His mighty
hand.  The shimmering
drops surged upwards,
surf breaking,
dark water roiling,
obeying the will

of its Commander.

He withdrew His
hand, and the waves
crashed violently
down on the
enemy, calming
the sea once

Old Age Sticks

Travis Roderick

Freshman English – Mrs. Likkel

Old age sticks poem

3 / 29 / 15


bad grammar mock’s

me when i

Doesn’t use words good

When I don’t spell


Or when i accidentally misspel

a word,

and autocorrect misses it.

When I write choppily.

And dont.

fix it;

Then bad grammar

laughs at me,

“Ha ha, you messedd up!”

But that can be fixed

with an eraser.. 


Bring a Friend to School Days

Curious? Heard about ZLO? Not sure what it is? Come and Try the  Classes at Zacchaeus Learning Opportunities 

Our next “Bring a Friend to School Day” is May 14th at ZLO. Students ask your homeschooling friends to join you for a day at ZLO.  If you know someone who attends ZLO and want to visit our classes, ask them to bring you with them on either of these days.  If you don’t know someone at ZLO that’s okay too!  Just come visit for the day! We offer once a week and twice a week classes for homeschoolers in English, Math, Science, Spanish and Geography.  Be sure to bring a lunch.   Click here to see class descriptions or click here to see our current class schedule. If you have questions please call Molly Crocker at 303-3464, email

Mission Trip

Mission Trip to GUATEMALA coming  APRIL 2016

It’s time to start planning on next Year and what we can learn at ZLO and do in the World!  One opportunity will be to go to Guatemala and work with the Pokomchi people up in the highlands.  We were there two years ago with a mission group called ‘Hope of the Pokomchi’ and you can see their website at:

This 10 day trip will take us into an area that is largely unserviced, and last time we were literally at the end of the road.  The mission group works with several villages, so I’m sure things will be different on this trip.  There are a variety of projects that they work with: home rainwater catchment systems, latrines, and improved wood stoves.  We will see what their needs are and choose a project that fits with our group.

Most importantly, we will have time to go and minister with kids at the local schools and be able to proclaim the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Make time in your schedule next year and watch for opportunities coming up to raise funds for this trip.  Contact Wayne Youngquist, Olga Wolters or Molly Crocker for more information.

My front row seat

I’m a big fan of school (especially ZLO!).  It’s no secret.  I love the heft of a textbook and all the backpacks, papers and pencils.  Better than that are the kids who are interesting, friendly and funny.   And even better — is watching them learn.  Usually, this happens in subtle increments but on precious days, I get to be witness to some huge leaps and then it’s awesome!!  Some, well most, people don’t get it but if you could see what I see, you might get just as jazzed about it as I do.

Most recently, I had the pleasure of listening to my freshman class give informational speeches.  Simply put, they were phenomenal.  My role is to listen, critique, give encouragement and feedback, but I found myself just being a comfortable audience member, taking in their knowledge and able to relax as they had the time well under control.  What a pleasure to not only hear their speeches but also to be assured that we have some fabulous adults on the way to our community.  They’re articulate, caring people who have a keen eye on the world.  Sharp and smart, these kids give me enormous confidence and I trust them completely – not only in my classroom but in their future roles.

In other classes we’re reading novels and I see their wheels actively turning.  My 8th graders thought they had a pretty good idea of what went on during WWII in Europe, but as we read, layers upon layers of stories are just waiting to be discovered.  They often begin with, “You mean they…?” when hearing about mistreatment of Jews and other victims of the Holocaust and learning about the lengths Hitler and his ilk went to dominate the world.  I can see their mental appetites whet and they eagerly go home to research other heroes who took a stand against evil.  In Sophomore English we just finished The Grapes of Wrath.  At the beginning of our reading I told them, “You might love this book; you might hate it, but you certainly won’t forget it.”  We found ourselves experiencing both emotions while reading it but oh, have we learned!  Beyond the story is always something more (and more and more) and with a little poking, I heard their insights just yesterday.  One student put his finger right on the pulse of the novel when he made connections that many adults wouldn’t have.  With delight, I praised him.  Yes!  For years I’ve been reading with these kids and slowly showing them how to read fiction with their Christian eyeballs and to hear their insights as we sifted through a truly sad story, was heart-warming.  (See what you’re missing?!?)

Then there are those moments when I get to learn from them. I had the pleasure to see kindness in action when a student was feeling overwhelmed with a new concept.  Before I could reach her, the girl sitting next to her gently said, “It’s okay, you’ll get it.  Here, let me show you.”  Some days, an astute student will ask me a question that makes me re-think how I’m presenting something and I’m so thankful.   I must teach for how they learn, not necessarily in the way that I think will be more effective, but in a way that will actually help them grasp the concept.  Thankfully, they’re patient with me.

Beyond that are invitations to games, goodbye waves before they leave for the day, a hearty laugh at one of my puns…life is good. So I gladly sit in the front row, facing them, but also taking in all the goodness that sits in front of me.  Kids who are capable learners in so many ways…but more than that, they’re really cool people!

by Sue Likkel

Our Challenge to Serve the Poor

Imagine a place where people are ignored and almost literally trampled into the ground.  Or, a place where people freeze on the streets while others pass by doing nothing.  Who could live with such harsh treatment and conditions?  The poor who are living in poverty in America do.  Every day, hundreds and possibly thousands of men and women who are unable to get a job get passed by on the street as a “creep” or a “lazy bum.”  These people are not loved as neighbors and friends who are in need.

Our Sophomore English class recently read The Grapes of Wrath and in it, we saw the struggle in a man’s heart between his selfish desires and the commands of the Lord.  Multiple scenes showed the juxtaposition of this struggle between the “Okies” and businessmen and landowners.  What does Scripture say about how we treat the poor?

It’s not easy to be generous.  As humans, our first inclination is not one of grace when we encounter others’ hardships.  It says in Phillipians 2:21, “For they all seek their own interests.”  Day and night, our first thoughts are always of how to better ourselves and how to make our lives easier. The businessmen/landowners in The Grapes of Wrath were exactly this way.  They would only allow the migrants to remain on their land so long as they were helping the owners collect their “margin of profit.”  They would rather elevate themselves and “sit in the place of honor” (Luke 14) than humble themselves to the level of the poor.

However, Jesus taught that we must give to the poor and raise them onto their feet.  Jesus said we are to imitate God and mirror His character to the world around us, and the Bible says that He is “a father to the fatherless, a defender of the widows.”  (Psalm 68:5)  So, if God is this loving, we just also take upon ourselves this duty.  We are to be kind to all those around us, but Jesus talks mostly of caring for the poor because it is easier to care for someone who can repay us at one point, rather than someone where our only reward will be to see them happy and healthy again.  In this age, we might not see the benefits or rewards of caring for the fatherless and the widows, but our reward is greatly built up in Heaven.

by student Titus Ungersma


ZLO Informational Lunch

Thursday March 26th @ 11:30

Invite a friend to come for lunch and learn more about ZLO. 

Please RSVP to or call 393-1092

Student Noah Johnson on “Why People Need Jesus”

Essay written for Beyond the Basics English Class.

Why People Need Jesus

Our world is filled with people who are misunderstood, and treated badly just because of stupid stereotypes and prejudices. Looking through my “Christian eyeballs” I don’t see these people with stereotypes and prejudices, I see them as people who need and love help and I want to reach out to them and guide them to God.

We see people like the ones in The Outsiders around our world all the time. People who party, drink, smoke, lie, pilfer and get arrested on a regular basis. We see people who don’t get along with other people other than their friends and family. And the people who live a reclusive life and don’t like other people and just get along with a select group-“outsiders”. We look at these people and think: “Uhhh…Let’s not talk to those people.” But reading this book has really made me think about the expression: “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” because I see that these people aren’t “bad people” they’re just people who need something to fill the void in their hearts with something good, Jesus’ love.

“I’d been to church before. I used to go all the time, even after Mom and Dad were gone…..When Johnny and I went , we sat in the back, trying to get something out of the servmon and avoiding the people…” – Ponyboy wants to know the truth and learn about the Bible and Jesus, but…“well, Soda can’t sit still long enough to enjoy a movie, much less a sermon. It wasn’t long before he and Steve were throwing paper wads at each other and clowning around…” (66) Ponyboy tries to apprehend the concept of a God and someone who loves him no matter what stuff he does. People like Dally need Jesus because his parents neglect him, and don’t care about him and he only gets love from his friends (mostly Johnny who gets the same treatment from his parents). He loved one person, Johnny, and he had no other real love for anyone else, and once that one person he loved so dearly died, the memory haunted  him, and he just couldn’t live with it so, he killed himself. He just needed love, he needed a pure, real, genuine affection from Jesus Christ to save him, and he just needed to ask him for forgiveness.

In our world, we see people like these, but hopefully, I’ve encouraged you not to look at these people the same was but look at them through your “Christian eyeballs” and help them see the light that is God’s love.



Congratulations!!  Isaiah Pellerin (current freshman) and Elizabeth Hale (a freshman last year) are two winners of  the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest!  Last spring during Mrs.Likkel’s poetry unit, kids were invited to write a poem about how to respond to conflict in a healthy way, maybe even offering peaceful solution ideas.  Many of our students & other kids in the county submitted poems and the Resolution Center chose six winners from those entrants.   We are so pleased that out of those six, two of the winners are from ZLO!!  Isaiah, Elizabeth and their families are invited to a dinner and auction in November in which they will read their poems for the audience.  Congratulations again to these two writers!