NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – The Whitinsville Christian School community has long anticipated what was celebrated at a dedication Thursday night – its new library media center.
“In life, anticipation of an event is sometimes far greater than the event, but not in this case,’’ said Lance Engbers, headmaster at a school that not only educates children from the area, but from around the nation and the world.
The $4.9 million project, which grew from the need of a roof replacement, includes a middle/high school media center, additional classrooms, an office suite, a large conference room and “thousands and thousands of feet of wiring’’ for state-of-the-art technology throughout the school building.
“Whitinsville Christian School is wired as well as any college,’’ Engbers said, and construction of the addition was accomplished without a single missed day of school. Consigli Construction crews worked throughout summer and into fall, even as students studied beneath them.
“It was an incredible feat,’’ Engbers said.
Steve Heinz, director of advancement, thanked the many people who made the addition possible, whether they raised a hammer, served on a committee or contributed money. “Every ounce of effort and every dollar counts; they all matter,’’ he said.
The capital campaign continues, and John Miersma explained that financial help is needed if the school is to receive matching funds promised by anonymous donors and have the addition loan paid down within three years.
“Christian education in North America is going through dramatic changes,’’ he said, “and in order to survive and thrive we have to stay rooted in our mission.’’
Looking ahead, he said the hope is to build a new gymnasium in nine years at a projected cost of $3.9 million. “I look forward to your ongoing and generous partnership,’’ he said to about 200 people invited to the dedication.
English teacher Rockland Van Tol spoke about the importance of reading, and high school Principal Chris Vander Baan gave the closing remarks and prayer.
Following the formal portion of the dedication, guests were invited to tour the center and enjoy refreshments.