On a leveled expanse of land just to the west of the existing facilities of Dayspring Christian Academy stood two shelters, and, as the time neared, the officials and guests gathered near them, and watched as the classes of the school walked in ordered fashion to stand facing them. It was time for the groundbreaking for an 8200 square foot building, a building that will house six additional classrooms, a large and much-needed cafeteria area and more.
Almost on the hour of two PM the principal, Lori Gregg, stepped forward and began the ceremony, an observance that indicates a major stepping stone for the Academy, a school that began in a much smaller building that had once housed a church and a charter school. After the prayer that reminded all of the reason for the school’s existence, a paper that symbolized the old mortgage was burned, to the applause and cheers of the adults, and probably somewhat to the wonderment of the little fellows, standing with their teachers, and remembering the admonition not to play with fire.
The mortgage’s final payment of $35,00 had just been paid this week in time for a new one provided by First Federal Bank to be signed. Board members present smiled, and the watchers cheered and applauded, and then some board members and others stepped forward and lifted shovels and dug into the level soil, soil that will be the foundation for the needed addition to Dayspring Christian Academy, but, more than that, a building will give to the young fellows watching the mysterious proceedings a future based on Christian precepts.
It would be difficult for a bystander that had heard the story of the Academy not to think of Saint Paul’s teaching of “faith, hope and love” as the foundation of education from out of the past that reaches into the future.
The publisher and the staff of the Jackson County TIMES lauds this action that indicates faith in the future of the County. May Dayspring long be an inspiration to our citizens and a foundation for its wellbeing.