Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 13, 2013

ACPA holds open house

Chamber, other well-wishers attend gathering at new location

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — With a prayer of thanks for progress made and big plans for the future, Athens Christian Preparatory Academy held an open house at its new location, Tuesday.

Athens Christian Preparatory was established in 2008. This fall, the school made the move to a 48-acre piece of land at the intersection of U.S. Highway 175 and Loop 7. At last, the school had a home of its own.

“This day is a special day because it represents the culmination of so much prayer, so much work and laying of ground.” Headmistress Teresa DeMay said. “The ribbon cutting is one of those milestones that is important, because it is a public declaration of what prayer has done.”

The open house brought a crowd of parents, students, board members and Athens Chamber of Commerce officials and other well-wishers to celebrate the school’s move to the spacious setting.

DeMay told the audience the vision to establish the school was born in 2003. Doors opened five years later in space made available by the First Christian Church.

“After them, we had the Church of Christ, who took us in for two years, so we could continue the vision,” DeMay said. “Last year, Faith Church of Athens took us in so the vision could still grow.”

DeMay shared with the crowd that she had met with the owner of the new property and the Realtor each week for a year and a half.

“The next steps are that we are going after more grant money,” DeMay said. “We did receive two foundational grants this year, which helped award $70,000 in financial aid this year, which really helped a lot of families get into the school this year.”

DeMay is hopeful additional grants will help with construction of new buildings and infrastructure at ACPA.