BENTON HARBOR — Principal Don Pearson of River of Life Christian School has been busy since he took over leading the Benton Harbor school in July.

Besides talking to families and neighbors about what the school has to offer, he said he has been speaking at surrounding churches on the weekends to raise money. That’s because even though it costs about $8,000 a year to educate a child, parents only pay 5 percent of the family’s income to send their children to the school. He said donations are needed to make up the difference.