There was more than just the normal excitement of beginning a new school year for Maranatha Adventist Christian School students at the end of this summer. On August 17, 2016, students came to school excited to go to see their brand new school building!
Building a new school on the church property had been a dream of the Dodge Center Church for quite a few years. Not quite a year ago generous benefactors cleared and broke ground for what would become a beautiful 60-foot by 90-foot school building, in addition to a 60-foot by 80-foot attached gym. The mild winter enabled the footings and concrete to go in by January, 2016.
A Morton building was built on the footings and the rest of the construction commenced quickly. With a speedy move during the week before school started, the classrooms were ready for the precious students by August 17, 2016!
The building boasts three classrooms, one of which is currently being used for storage. A large kitchen with six microwaves, two stoves, two refrigerators, and lots of counter space also graces the building. A beautiful library, school office, principal’s office and music room are surrounded by windows giving a wonderful open feel to these areas. The gym, which is much larger than we had before will be used for many wonderful school and church functions.
The finishing touch to the project was the addition of “Harry’s Bell”. The late Harry McNeilus was an avid supporter of Christian education. A bell that had belonged to him is fittingly displayed on a custom-made bell tower in the front of the school.
There are still some things that need to be finished and purchased, but we are thoroughly enjoying working and learning in the new school building. It is truly a blessing. We thank all who so generously gave of time and finances to make this dream come true.
Vickie Martin, Maranatha Adventist Christian School Head Teacher
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