OSSIPEE — In a joy-filled ceremony recognizing donors, and God as Father, Cornerstone Christian Academy located on Route 28 at the Wolfeboro/Ossipee line hosted a grand ribbon-cutting for its new gym floor and renovated facilities on the first day back to school after Christmas break.

“Cornerstone received a wonderful Christmas present this year,” Interim Headmaster Cindy Hyatt told the assembled students, staff, parents, board members and friends.

She went on to explain that what may have seemed like an overnight transition while students were away, was actually the culmination of more than a year of planning and fundraising led by parent Crystal Sawyer.

Sawyer first asked gym teacher Richard Blanchet to define the project, then tirelessly wrote grant requests and sought donations to fund the materials and installation.

Her efforts were rewarded by full funding and gifts in kind by The Madelaine G. von Weber Trust, Paul and Sandra Montrone, Bob and Genie Bennett, Precision Athletic Surfaces and Stephen Phillips Painting.

In front of the broad double doors of the gymnasium Jan. 2, Dr. Genie Bennett, representing donors, Mrs. Hope Phillips, donors in kind, and Mr. Blanchet, the school, cut the ribbon.

Then the school’s 73 children exuberantly burst through the doors to give the new floor a whirl of laps and jumps before returning to class to anxiously await their official gym class later in the day.

The gym is just one of many amenities that often surprise visitors to the region’s only independent pre-kindergarten to eighth grade school. From the littlest day care participant to the tallest Middle Schooler, all students use it daily for gross motor activities, indoor recess and physical education classes.

Cornerstone Christian Academy offers a sliding-scale tuition. The school currently has limited openings in and has opened a waiting list for infant and toddler daycare and preschool.

To arrange a tour or to get more information, go to cornerstoneabc.org or call (603) 539-8636.

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