The following press release was provided by Fairfield Christian Academy.
Lancaster, Ohio – After over 150 hours of labor by over 20 volunteers, a new school, church and community playground has literally been rebuilt from “the ground up.“ The Chamber of Commerce has scheduled an official ribbon cutting at the school on May 12th at 4:30 p.m. where the Lancaster mayor, the Chamber’s Board of Directors and the school’s board members, as well as representatives from the major contributors, will be on hand to help celebrate.
During the last four years, Fairfield Christian Academy’s (FCA) elementary school playground has been plagued with excessive weeds and an ongoing drainage problem that prohibited students from using the space during much of the year when there was moderate-to-heavy rain and snow. The mulch disintegrated which became dirty and stained clothing making it difficult for children to play.
At the end of last year, FCA board member, Fairfield Christian Church elder and Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG) Storage Engineer, Jason Martin, mentioned a possible opportunity through his company to help fund a renovation project. Four months later, Columbia Gas donated the bulk of the project’s labor, money and equipment to see the project to its completion.
As part of the collaboration, Martin and Tracy Sparks, CPG Operations Manager, held a school-wide, interactive assembly for elementary students, teaching the students the importance of: Know What’s Below: Call 811 before you dig.
“CPG was thrilled contribute our time and energy to this important project,” said Sparks. “We were able to encourage outdoor activities for children, while also educating families in Lancaster about the importance of dialing 811 before starting a digging project around their homes.”
Randy Davis, owner of Davis Trucking was eager to donate his time and crew, spending over 12 hours hauling away old disintegrated mulch. He also spent countless hours hauling 500 tons of pea gravel (generously donated by The Shelly Company) from Lockbourne, to Fairfield Christian Academy in Lancaster, Ohio.
“The Shelly Company believes in being proactive with the local communities”, said Ben Koehler, Senior Operations Manager, The Shelly Company. “We, at The Shelly Company, are glad for the opportunity to partner with Fairfield Christian Academy to improve the playground for its students.”
Other community vendors provided deep discounts to Fairfield Christian Academy for the material necessary to finish the project. Companies included Taylor Rental, Tractor Supply Company and Menards in Lancaster, Ohio, as well as Site Supply in Columbus, Ohio.
Michele Crum, Fairfield Christian Academy School Board President, comments, “What a blessing this playground is to our school. I want to thank all the individuals involved in making this project happen. There were a lot of prayers about the funds going into this playground and our awesome God provided all these individuals to make this project happen for Fairfield Christian Academy.”
About Fairfield Christian Academy
Fairfield Christian Academy was founded in 1998 as a ministry of Fairfield Christian Church in Lancaster, Ohio, a historical community 25 miles southeast of Columbus in Fairfield County. The school opened its doors to approximately 200 students and 20 faculty. Today it is blessed to serve nearly 500 students in Preschool through 12th grade with over 80 faculty and staff. FCA seeks to glorify the Lord by encouraging students to academic excellence in an atmosphere of faith. Learn more at http://www.fcaknights.org/