Ribbon-Cutting for Bethel’s Newly Renovated and Freshly Accredited School
August 25, 2016
Today we celebrated the exciting renovation of our accredited campus school, Bethel Christian Academy.
“Education is foundational to breaking generational cycles of poverty and despair,” said Bethel President Kevin Beirne at the ceremony. “With education, our kids can gain hope and reach toward their full potential.”
Here is a gallery of photos from this memorable day, and a list of some of the people who worked hard to make this dream a reality. Read more about the school here.
Kevin Beirne, Bethel Bible Village President, kicked off the ceremony.
We are thankful to everyone who came out to support Bethel and Bethel Christian Academy.
Thanks to Davron and Ron Speicher for our new sign. Outstanding!
Board Chair Kevin Whiteside hands the accreditation certificate to Principal Ellen Cain.
Receiving accreditation from AdvancED is a high honor for our school.
So many generous people made this possible. Thanks to all!
Gary Yerbey led us in prayer , thanking God and asking a blessing on our school.
BCA principal Ellen Cain says thank you.
Dr. Greg Martin, a member of the Hamilton County School Board. (District 3)
We salute these generous people and businesses who gave to make our school possible.
Gwen Haver, Sandra Creighton, Cortney McMahon, Principal Ellen Cain, Erin Burnett, Alex Dann, and Jennifer Major.
Michelle Harstine, Field Representative from Congressman Chuck Fleischmann’s office, and Kelly Puckett, Field Representative, from Senator Bob Corker’s office.
Staff, faculty and students joined together to cut the ribbon.
So far, Bethel has helped 14 young people earn a high school diploma, despite serious life challenges.
An important message we share every day with the children and teens we care for.
Classes are already in session!
It was a festive day on campus.
Our teens helped out by serving refreshments.
Bethel Christian Academy students wear uniforms, like many prestigious schools.
Great crowd! Thanks to all who came out.
Special Thanks To:
Robin Moss, Director of Therapeutic Programs, including BCA
(together, they worked for about 18 months to obtain the Accreditation)
Pat Ball, Director of Residential Programs
(Pat had the vision to start a school to meet the needs of our youth)
Gary Yerbey, Contractor, Board Trustee & son of B.H. Yerbey
Jim Bailey, Mechanical Contractors’ Association & Subcontractor
(Between Gary & Jim, they contributed/helped obtain over $100,000 of in-kind gifts)
Ron Thomas, Director of Donor Relations
(Ron led effort to raise the remaining funds to complete the project)