This week in Christian education (Feb 27–March 3)

Christian school breaks ground on new sports center – Briarcrest Christian school in Memphis, Tennessee broke ground on its $12.8 million Athletic Training and Development Center, which will serve the 70% of students who participate in sports. The facility will include a training room, media room, boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, an artificial turf practice field, and a 6,000 square-foot weight room. Read more here.

Christian school for deaf students adds 3 grades – The Deaf Christian Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the only Christian school for hard-of-hearing students in the state, is adding first, second, and third grade classes to its services. According to executive director Jan Pride, the school has served deaf students in kindergarten or younger. “The deaf population worldwide is the second most unreached population for Christ,” said Pride. Read more here.

Christian school Biotech team dominates competition – High school students from The Woodlands Christian Academy in The Woodlands, Texas, took home five out of the nine awards given at the SCI://TECH Biotechnology Competition. Competing against 7 other local high schools, the team’s scenario required them to identify a microbe that contaminated the water supply of an apartment complex. “I am so proud of our Biotech Team because the students put in so much time and work preparing for the competition,” said their faculty sponsor, Jessica McKenny. “They work so diligently, and I am thrilled that their efforts paid off!” Read more here. 

Christian school receives donation of 1,000 books – Emmanuel Christian School in Hartsville, South Carolina, received over 1,000 books from a generous donor. “As a Christian and an educator, I have been impressed by Emmanuel Christian School’s strong academic curriculum and its related emphasis on Christian education,” said Dr. Richard Culyer, Coker University professor emeritus of education. “As a result, I decided to contribute, from my personal library, over one thousand books that were chosen, title by title, to the school.” Established in 1963, Emmanuel serves nearly 300 students from elementary to high school. Read more here. 

Christian school acquires former orphanage buiding to accommodate school growth – Heritage Classical Academy in Peninsula, Ohio, is purchasing property for a new school campus. The building, which resides on a 65-acre lot, was originally an orphanage before being converted into a school for troubled children. “We are excited to purchase this beautiful property with such a rich history of serving children and families for nearly 100 years,” said Heritage’s Head of School David Nees. The new property will allow Heritage to merge two of its three campuses. Read more here.