Growing Grace with building project through God’s grace

The steel reinforced 29,000 square foot building began last May. This month, the steel skeleton was built.

The steel reinforced 29,000 square foot building began last May. This month, the steel skeleton was built.

Grace Prep is 23 years old, yet has never had a school gymnasium until now.

All of their ‘home’ games, no matter what sport have been at neutral locations across the DFW area.

The G3 Project is about God’s Growing Grace, and this includes building a brand new 29,000 square-foot building. The school will be getting more than a gym. It will also be getting two new science labs, a gym capable of holding 600 people, new locker rooms, an art lab, administration offices, a student lounge, and a snack bar.

The administrators know that this would not have happened without God’s help, and they are doing this to expand his kingdom here through the responsibility of Grace Prep’s ministry to students and families.

“The fact that we’re building this is nothing short of miraculous,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. “The fact that Grace Prep is doing this project is a miracle.”

The steel girders are in place this October. It has taken 5 months to get to this point so far, due to all the earth moving that needed to be done first.

The steel girders are in place this October. It has taken 5 months to get to this point so far, due to all the earth moving that needed to be done first.

Grace Prep has been hoping to build a new building or buy new property for many years, but those plans have never worked. Building was not even an option, because GPA Board Members thought our school is located in a flood plane.

“This is the most difficult project I have ever worked on,” said Project Engineer Andrew Kubiak. “And this just goes to show you that God is always preparing you for the next challenge. My entire career has led up to this moment right here. And I look forward to what he does with my life and all of our lives with this Grace Prep campus.”

Grace Prep has been supported by many people working on this project with them. This list includes Arlington Mayor Williams, and Arlington City Council Member Sheri Capehart. They have been very supportive of GPA’s expansion.

“This project is one of the great privileges I have to serve as mayor,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. He is excited to be building this project.

Mayor Williams has helped Arlington build many large projects, such as the AT&T stadium and now possibly a new Rangers stadium, with voter approval.

The playground and portable buildings are now in the shadow of the new building!

The playground and portable buildings are now in the shadow of the new building!

“With all the things that are great in Arlington right now, Grace Prep and the G3 Project is just another star in our career,” said Capehart.

With all of the new classrooms being added to the building, one can only wonder if they are going to have anything new to offer.

“From a science perspective, we really want to increase our STEM subjects. And the reality is we’re looking for some more engineering type things,” said Dr. Evans.

GPA hopes to improve their science class offerings and to expand their science programs.

The cost of the project is $5.5 million, and Grace Prep had to figure out how they were going to come up with the money. All, of the GPA board and staff donated something toward the goal. This, along with families and outside sources donated, bringing us to a total outstanding need of only $211,000.

How did GPA raise the money?

Commitment was key to getting the best loan rate and to ensuring unity and success in the project. Therefore when 100% of the Grace Prep Board and staff invested in the G3 Building Project, the rest of the supporters were able to help more easily.  This carried on to the North Texas Giving Day challenge, where 100% of the students in grades K-7 also donated some amount. The people at Grace Prep are very committed to this project and getting it done.

North Texas Giving Day is an online giving event for people across the nation to come together to raise as much money as possible for North Texas nonprofits on one day. In seven years, North Texas Giving Day has pumped $156 million into the North Texas community. In 2016, $37 million was raised through more than 142,000 gifts benefiting 2,518 nonprofits.

Grace Prep raised over $111,000 for participating in NTGD. They also won over $15,000 in bonus funds.

Development Director Chris Harper has been a staple in the fundraising department for Grace Prep. This is his first year here and he has already been a huge help. Going from the largest school to one of the smallest, Harper is very pleased with the generosity of the parents and students so far.

He is an ordained pastor, and he was the Headmaster at one of the largest private schools in the country, the Christian Academy of Louisville, KY. He compares it to GPA by show of support.

“For a school this size, the giving and support is pretty phenomenal because we only have 305 students,” said Harper. “The most impressive thing for NTGD is that we received 500 individual gifts when we only have 305 students.”

The staff is hoping that these new changes are going to increase the population of Grace Prep, and enable it to continue Growing faith, Growing families and Growing students. To learn more about the G3 project, or to support GPA in this build, contact Chris Harper at charper@graceprep.org, or go to www.graceprep.org.

 

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