Foundation Academy celebrates 'Spirit Night'

The Foundation Academy celebrated Spirit Night to raise funds to support the school. (Screenshot from: Foundation Academy Facebook page)

Foundation Academy hosted the 'Spirit Night' event on Tuesday, Oct. 19. The fundraising event took place at LongHorn Steakhouse in Winter Garden. 

Generous Partners

According to the school's Facebook page, the 'Spirit Night' event raised $387 for their Teacher's Grant Program. The school also said that their partner, LongHorn Steakhouse donated some money towards their cause. 

Foundation Academy thanked their school partner for their generosity and support in their fundraiser. With the restaurant's donation, the school reportedly raised $600. 

The Christian school also thanked their local community and families who helped them in their fundraiser. They said the funds raised would help their teachers with their wish list classroom projects. 

Spirit Night Fundraiser

In a report with Orange Observer, participants were invited to share their photos using the #FASpiritNight. 

The selected pictures were featured on the school's Facebook page. All attendees were also asked to mention the name of their school and their teacher's name. Doing so would qualify their class to receive prizes.

As reported, about 10 percent of the funds raised would go towards the school.

Opening of Gymnasium, Conditioning Center

Meanwhile, Foundation Academy recently celebrated the opening of its new gymnasium and conditioning center at its Tilden Campus. The ceremony took place on Friday, Oct. 8. 

In a report with Orange Observer, the Kelly and Lumpkins family donated the gymnasium to the school. Foundation Academy president Dave Buckles hosted the event. 

Buckles also welcomed the guests to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. He told the attendees of the role the new annex will play in their student-athlete academic program. 

According to him, the new annex will serve as the strength and conditioning center for the school's athletes. 

Pastor Tim Grosshans of Winter Garden's First Baptist Church also officiated a blessing ceremony for the new building. He prayed for the attendees and their families, as well. 

The Kelly and Lumpkins family cut the ribbon together during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Representatives from the two families gave a speech afterward. 

Plans for Expansion

In an earlier report with Orange Observer, Buckles talked about plans for the school's expansion. 

Foundation Academy celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018. Then, the president shared his vision for the Christian school's future. 

At that time, the school had an enrollment of 782 students across its North and South campuses. 

Unfortunately, Buckles pointed out that they were running out of classroom space. He also said that there was an increase in enrollment projections for the following years. 

He told the news outlet that the school would build new classrooms with a lunchroom. There would also be gym expansions. 

Buckles assured parents and students that the traditions and beliefs of the Christian school would remain the same. 

He said that the school would continue to have a safe and caring environment for its students.

School's History

As mentioned in the same report, the school had its beginnings in 1958. At that time, the First Baptist Church in downtown Winter Garden started a school ministry for its kindergarten students. 

After a while, the school program expanded to students from first through third grade in 1984. 

Years after that, the school adopted the name Foundation Academy.

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