Challenge 2020 Completed at Lafayette Christian School
“Any actor can tell you how inspiring it is to step out onto a stage, into the spotlight, ready for that big moment…it’s magical. They can also tell you how hard it is to create magic without the right environment. The recent renovations of the Fine Arts Auditorium of Lafayette Christian School have brought the magic, inspiring and exciting young actors, musicians, dancers and vocalists. The newly resurfaced stage, black-out walls, sound equipment, and theater lighting combine to create an enhanced experience for performers and audience alike. Darlene Shaw, Fine Arts Director
Before anyone even knew that 2020 would be a year of COVID and economic challenges, Lafayette Christian School initiated a capital campaign named 2020 Challenge. The three -year campaign is over $3,000,000, the first phase of which being used to renovate the fine arts auditorium, improve handicap accessibility, improve technology infrastructure, expand the STEM and art programs, build a handicap accessible covered entrance for the Discovery Cottage, and make other facilities improvements. These projects totaled $400,000. Through the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations, the first phase of the project has been completed ahead of schedule. “We are so thankful for the generosity and support from our school parents, our community, and the Callaway Foundation. Our school is in awe of the great work God is doing on our campus and among our students.” Rene Gomez, Head of School
Art students will enjoy creating pottery. The covered drop-off and handicap access will benefit the growing number Discovery Cottage students. Students in wheelchairs who were being lifted onto the stage, will now use the accessible ramp. Improvements were made that impact every student in some way.
No one could have anticipated the benefit the technology infrastructure improvements including fiber optics providing additional band-width and speed would have in this time of virtual school options. “We are so thankful to all of the generous donors who made our technology improvements possible. With so many students accessing digital platforms this year, and virtual students being taught along side on-campus students, we benefit daily from the enhanced technology infrastructure.” – Vikki Stringham, Upper School Principal
To celebrate all that has been accomplished through generous donors this past year, a ribbon cutting will be held at the Discovery Cottage on Thursday, September 10th at 9:45 AM.