“Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth! I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.”
– PSALM 78:1-8
We have a vibrant, growing student body of families choosing to place their children in Christian schools for their entire education. This body of students is not only growing through matriculation but through enrollment in all grades. This growth is similar in private schools across NYS. Parents are looking for high-quality education and are finding that here at East Palmyra Christian School.
We have a desperate need for new bathroom facilities which are ADA compliant to show love to our wheelchair-bound, neighbors. At the time our building was constructed, this was not a consideration in construction; however, we have an obligation to correct this.
Our fantastic art class is currently working out of the gymnasium, which is not optimum. We are currently borrowing space and using any nook and cranny around the building to store supplies. Our teacher needs to cart clean and dirty water, back and forth down the hallways for class, and the echo in the gym is not conducive to this class style.
If anyone has spent any time here, they would know that we need to expand our bus loop and increase our parking. We currently do not have ANY handicapped parking close to the building, and our grandparents are walking a distance to enjoy their grandchildren. We believe this addition honors them and makes it easier to include the whole family regardless of age or mobility to celebrate their grandchildren’s accomplishments. As the buses line up, they overflow into the road creating potential visibility and safety hazards.
We proposed, and it was accepted by our families, the endeavor of a Capital Campaign project to address these needs.
- A building addition to the North, adding much-needed: classroom space, an art room, his/her ADA compliant bathrooms, a small conference room, and a hallway to prepare for future addition.
- The expansion of the parking lot, to the west.
- The expansion of the Bus loop and handicap parking in the front.
- LED lighting and Geothermal Heating/Cooling minimizes the impact our school has on the electric grid.
Maximizing the resources around us, we wish to be wise stewards and fundraise the entire project. Being fiscally sound and in a good financial position. We plan on doing this through individual donations, corporate donations, and grants. The experts in the field do not see a point in the near future where the cost of building materials will decrease. We have committed to having $250,000 cash before starting this project, and the estimated cost of Phase 1 of this project to be $500,000.
The First Goal is $300,000 by May 20th, 2021.