Horizon Christian holds dedication, open house

News staff writer

January 10, 2007

Horizon Christian School will dedicate its new 51,000 square foot facility at noon on Friday.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Speakers include Hood River Mayor Linda Streich and County Administrator David Meriwether.

Horizon is located at 700 Pacific Ave., about four blocks east of Hi-School Pharmacy on the Heights, just north of Hawks Ridge.

“The dedication ceremony will reflect our desire to use the new facility and campus to carry out the vision of Horizon Christian School: that of spiritual and academic excellence, modeling the Christian life, and enriching our communities,” said Don Hoffman, board of directors’ chair.

“Horizon Christian School has roots that date back to 1977. This is the beginning of a new era and we want to mark it in a special way.”

Horizon also plans an open house Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Tours will take in the 20 classrooms, library, computer lab, chapel/performance hall, reception area, administrative offices, as well as the unfinished gymnasium and cafeteria which are part of Phase II of the building plans.

The new school building construction took about one year to complete Phase I. This project was a combined effort of many generous people, volunteers, Ryan Construction Company and several local subcontractors, according to administrator Chris Herring.

The vision for the new campus began to take shape in 2001, according to Hoffman. A land donation from Shepherd of the Valley Bible Church and an agreement to work together to develop the site and construct a building provided momentum. Raising the visionary money and developing the plans followed. In November 2005, the Horizon Christian School Board of Directors voted to authorize work to begin.

“It took faith to do that. At the time we had about $100,000 on hand compared to a $4,900,000 need to complete phase one of the project.” noted Hoffman.

“And while all of this was going on, we became regionally accredited, achieved record enrollment, implemented a mentoring program, developed a first-class fine arts program, enhanced our sports teams and focused on the academic and spiritual development of our students.”

Students and staff moved into the new campus in November 2006. The facility includes 20 classrooms, library and offices as well as the unfinished gymnasium and cafeteria which will be competed in phase two.

“Our task ahead as we move into this new era is to achieve the full potential of Horizon in fulfilling its mission of ‘Educating students for the glory of God,’” stated Hoffman. “This is why we have gone to such an extensive effort to build the new campus. We also have a unique opportunity to partner with the community by using this new facility to its maximum potential.”

Horizon Christian is an inter-denominational school, regionally accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools, educating more than 190 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Horizon’s students, teachers, professional staff and board of directors attend over 25 churches throughout the Columbia Gorge. For more information, contact the school at (541) 387-3200. Contributions to the school, including those designated to the New Campus Fund, may be sent to Horizon Christian School, 700 Pacific Ave., Hood River, OR 97031.

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