School about halfway to goal

Last updated: November 27. 2013 1:18PM - 300 Views
By Sarah Allen The Times-Gazette

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The Hillsboro Christian Academy is currently accepting donations to build a roof over a deck which connects the the modular units of the school.

Though this project has been something the Hillsboro Christian Academy has been wanting to complete for the past few years, the school been unable to obtain funds.

Seeing the necessity of a new roof, however, Frank Schoolcraft, of Frank’s Repair Services, decided to spearhead a campaign to raise money and awareness for a new roof.

Hillsboro Christian Academy principal Connie Sears said the staff and students “really appreciate Mr. Schoolcraft.”

“He just came out of the blue,” she said, “and said the Lord had laid this on his heart, and he wanted to at least attempt it.”

“I feel like the Lord told me to get involved,” Schoolcraft said.

He found out about the need for the roof because he has a niece who graduated from the Hillsboro Christian Academy, and a grandson who is currently enrolled in the school.

Schoolcraft took the project on at no charge. And though the school has sent letters out to several businesses, they are still short of the amount needed for the project.

The businesses and individuals which have responded with donations, Sears said, will be recognized. An anonymous donation has also helped the school come closer to its goal.

The final cost, Sears said, depends on many materials and how much labor is donated to the project. If they had to pay for the entire project, it would cost around $15,000.

With this in mind, Sears said the school is about “50 percent to reaching the monetary goal.”

Schoolcraft said the plans for the new roof are drawn up and state-approved, and Sears said the school has already gotten the necessary permits.

The Hillsboro Christian Academy, Schoolcraft said is “just a little short on donations.”

Both Schoolcraft and Sears said this roof is important for the safety of the students.

According to Schoolcraft, the students “have no protection from the elements.”

“It gets very slippery when wet, icy, or snowy,” Sears said.

Though the school has tried applying different substances, such as Rust-Oleum, Sears said those are “not sufficient.”

The amount of traffic, she said, that crosses the porch causes the Rust-Oleum to rub away.

The roof, Sears said, will help students “avoid falls and injury.”

If the school is able to obtain the resources, Sears said they would like to finish the project by Jan. 1. She said that most inclement weather occurs during the early months of the year, and that having the roof in time for any 2014 winter weather would be beneficial to the students.

“It would be a nice Christmas gift to the school,” Schoolcraft said. Those interested in donating can call the school at (937) 393-8422, or they can mail their donation to the attention of: Breezeway Project, 8230 U.S. Route 50, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133. They can also go to the school’s website at www.hillsborochristianacademy.org, where a PayPal account is set up for donations.

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