The Goppert Foundation has pledged $525,000 to Summit Christian Academy — the largest foundation grant in the school’s 27-year history — as SCA embarks on a capital campaign to expand its facilities and serve more students.
The pledge, announced to staff and faculty at the end of the school year, will go to Summit Christian’s Legacy of Faith Capital Campaign.
“For the past six years, SCA has seen tremendous growth that included a doubling of the secondary enrollment,” SCA Head of School Linda Harrelson said in a news release. “In order to physically accommodate new students and increase course offerings, it is imperative that we build additional classrooms and a new gymnasium.
“The funds from the generous Goppert Foundation grant will be used for this purpose and help us serve additional students for years to come.”
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Earlier this month, the school announced the hiring of Cordell Dick as the new director of major gifts and said he would be responsible for managing and leading the capital campaign, among other duties.
Dick previously completed a $4 million capital campaign as director of development and business operations at Northland Christian School.
One goal of the Legacy of Faith campaign is to finance additional music and general-purpose classrooms and one-on-one performing arts practice rooms at SCA, the school said. Another is to build a large gymnasium with locker rooms and weight facilities to support a growing athletic program.
Autumn Markley, vice-president of the Goppert Foundation, said the foundation likes to support projects “that make a sustainable difference.”
“The Goppert Foundation is excited to support a campaign that will reach so many children in the Kansas City community,” she said.
Summit Christian began in 1989 with 32 students meeting in space provided by First Assembly of God in Lee’s Summit. In 1993, enrollment growth caused the school to split into two campuses, with the second location at Christ Triumphant Church in Lee’s Summit.
Then began an effort to build a single campus owned by the school. In 1999, SCA opened a new building at 1450 S.W. Jefferson St. with about 330 students, 10 classrooms, a multi-purpose gymnasium and administrative space. Fourteen more classrooms, a library and commons area were added the following year.
SCA soon launched a high school by adding one grade level at a time. A junior/senior high school building was ready for students in January 2007.
The independent, non-denominational school now enrolls nearly 800 students.