27 May Lighthouse Christian School celebrates 20 years

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Lighthouse Christian School celebrates 20 years

By JOAN CRONK

 Lighthouse Christian School Principal and Director of Education Stephen Roddy and the rest of the staff and students are celebrating the 20th year of operation at the Gig Harbor school. LEE GILES III — Staff file, 2013


Lighthouse Christian School Principal and Director of Education Stephen Roddy and the rest of the staff and students are celebrating the 20th year of operation at the Gig Harbor school.
LEE GILES III — Staff file, 2013

Lighthouse Christian School in Gig Harbor opened its doors to 97 students in 1994. A little more than 20 years later, that number has grown to 360 students enrolled in kindergarten through eighth grade.

It has been quite the ride for campus located at 3008 36th St NW. And school officials want to recognize the milestone and share it with the community.

“The school is very much a family atmosphere, and we have consistently scored in the top 20 percent in the nation for standardized testing,” said Sally Glover, the school’s director of development. “Our students are well prepared to tackle high school.”

Glover started as a volunteer 15 years ago when her children attended the school. She’s now in her 11th year working for the school, and her boys attend Washington State University.

From 6 to 8 p.m. June 5, Lighthouse Christian School will commemorate its 20th anniversary with a celebration at the school.

The festivities will include a fellowship time, balloon animals, an opportunity for families to plant daylilies, refreshments and a concert featuring The Shy Boys beginning at 6:30, said Principal Stephen Roddy.

“We want to thank everyone who has been involved or helped Lighthouse be where it is today,” Roddy said.

Off-site parking and a shuttle to the event will commence at 5:30. Alumni, friends, current families and the community are welcome to join in the celebration. Guests are asked to RSVP at http://www.lcschool.org.

In 1994 the school was situated among in three different churches in the Gig Harbor community.

“We are abundantly blessed by community and supporters,” Glover said.

Originally the property was donated and later the modular campus constructed.

“We still had our kindergarten at Chapel Hill and then we were able to bring kindergarten here a few years later when we added a few more modulars,” Glover said.

A 64,000-square-foot facility now houses the school that includes state-of-the-art computer labs, a science lab and a gymnasium.

“We have all the bells and whistles with small classes sizes and a real family environment,” Glover said.

Roddy’s oldest child now attends the school and he has been in administration at the school for the last seven years, serving as principal for the last five.

“Everyone who has been involved with the school helped it become where it is today,” he said. “That includes former students and families, graduates and a special thank you to our board members over the years, including our founding board. They had such a big task in front of them and they laid a solid foundation. Twenty years later, we are seeing the benefit of their work.”

Strong schools benefits the Gig Harbor community, Roddy said.

“We can provide the best fit for our children in the community with strong schools. Our event will be celebrating God’s faithfulness and the growth that this school has experienced in the last 20 years,” he said.