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Laura Jarveis, a fifth-grade student, writes a scripture verse on the floor of a new expansion at Central Minnesota Christian School in Prinsburg. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

CMCS students in Prinsburg, Minn., get look at construction progress, place scripture verses on the floor of expansion

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PRINSBURG — A belief in the importance of offering a Christian education in Prinsburg well into the future led to a $9 million capital campaign to modernize and expand the Central Minnesota Christian School.

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Students attending the school today had words for those who will follow their footsteps in the future.

They wrote scripture verses of their own choosing on the floors on the new facility under construction on Thursday. The scripture verses and the students’ signatures will be covered by carpet for many years, but someday revealed, according to Superintendent of Schools Pete Van Der Puy.

For now, it was an opportunity for students to reflect on the project. It was also their first opportunity to take a look at the new facility taking shape, according to Tricia Nelson, capital campaign coordinator.

Nine months after the ribbon cutting, workers with Marcus Construction opened the doors for students to take a look at the progress on what is called Phase 1A of the new project.

An open house for the public will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 26.

Taking shape in the 46,224-square-foot area is a new “cafeterium,’’ a combination cafeteria and auditorium with a balcony and stage area. The area also includes a new art room, media area, kitchen, administrative offices, event entry and concession area, and storage areas.

The capital campaign is now within $1.5 million of its goal, said Nelson. Once that goal is reached, Phase 2 work can get underway. The budget and design work for that phase are still being finalized. It will include classrooms, a music room and gymnasium.

Superintendent Van Der Puy said the response to the capital campaign has been a testament to God’s faithfulness, and a sign of just how important the school is to the Christian community it serves.

The school currently has an enrollment of 315 students in grades K- 12. The new project will allow for enrollment growth in the future.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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