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The Wilberforce School: Not Just a Name
Dr. Karen Ristuccia
When the wealthy, young Cambridge graduate won a seat in Parliament, no one was surprised. He was witty, articulate, engaging, and able to pay the necessary fees to attract and feast his malleable constituents. When, however, this same Parliamentarian weighed leaving the swashbuckling, disappointing world of politics for a path more consistent with his new-found evangelical faith, his best friend—future PM Pitt the Younger—was shocked. As history would have it, the confused 25-year old next sought counsel from Rev. John Newton, and the results were not only the young man’s serving over 30 years in the House of Commons but also his spearheading the end of the British slave trade. William Wilberforce changed history, and his Christian commitment, godly character, and civic involvement all serve as models for the students of the Junior-Kindergarten to Grade 12 school in Princeton, New Jersey, appropriately named “The Wilberforce School.” Since its 2005 founding, our school has trained students to follow William Wilberforce as he followed Christ. We at the school that bears his name understand that privileges are trusts, and that today’s skills, discoveries, opportunities, essays, programs, and problem sets all point toward tomorrow’s service in a world often bereft of veracity, virtuosity, and value.

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