New Airdrie Koinonia Christian School breaks ground
Hundreds of current students, alumni, teachers, parents and community members gathered on the plot of land that will see the new Airdrie Koinonia Christian School built, just north of Superstore, March 2.
The event featured speeches from Principal Earl Driedger and Mayor Peter Brown, along with members of parent council and the building team.
“It was exciting for all of us,” said Driedger. “I mentioned that for 25 years we have been operating out of rented facilities. We are thankful and we are looking forward to having our own facility.”
Dreidger added that the new building will have a full-sized gymnasium, meeting rooms, a chapel, and a dedicated art and home economics room, something the school has never had in its 25-year history.
“We have juniors and senior competing teams in all the sports each year,” said Dreidger. “One of the downsides of not having your own gym is not having home games. We bus fans along sometimes.”
Brown thanked the members of the school for putting so much effort into the new facility.
“I can’t thank all the people that made this possible enough, this is going to be some kind of facility,” said Brown. “There is tons of enthusiasm and energy looking forward to this thing being built.”
During Brown’s speech, he challenged Dreidger to a race to the top of the dirt hill on the site of the school, providing $10 would be donated to the school. After more than $600 rolled in, both Dreidger and Brown climbed the hill barefoot.
“I just wanted to beat principal Earl, I had to get up top before him,” said Brown.
The school still requires around $1.5 million in funding to build the facility with a manageable mortgage.
The next step in the project is getting the architects mechanical and electrical rendering, then going through the permitting process with the City of Airdrie.
Shari Scott, the director of development with the school said getting the building underway is a dream come true.
“This day has been a long time coming. I have two kids here, one in Grade 9 and one in Grade 7, and they have known no other place (than the current facility),” said Scott. “We are still in the midst of our capital campaign, but this keeps the dream alive.”
The school is set to open in the fall of 2013.