When students at Faith Christian Academy's K-8 school return on Aug. 18 for the 2021-2022 school year, they'll have a new place to spend recess. FCA hosted three Popsicles in the Park events the week …
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When students at Faith Christian Academy's K-8 school return on Aug. 18 for the 2021-2022 school year, they'll have a new place to spend recess.
FCA hosted three Popsicles in the Park events the week of July 26 to welcome students to the new playground, which was completed in early July. At Popsicles in the Park, students were invited to enjoy ice pops and enjoy the new playground, which features a brand-new play structure with a climbing wall and slide, swings, a gaga ball pit and a grass field.
The playground was completed earlier this month and occupies a space that was previously a parking lot and turf field. FCA K-8 Principal Bryan Thompson said the playground gives a face-lift to the old recess amenities and added that the project was slated to begin construction last year but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We felt that what was had was outdated,” said Thompson, “and we wanted something more contemporary, something more engaging for the kids. We did have a good space out there, but we just felt it was time to upgrade several things to make this fun and safe.
“We've been trying to do this for a couple of years,” Thompson continued. “In fact, we were ready to go a year ago, but COVID hit and everything got delayed. So, we're really excited.”
According to FCA's Director of Enrollment Dori Naas, the playground was funded by donations from families and from Front Range Excavating and Complete Containers.
Naas said that FCA has experienced an uptick in enrollments this year, with 784 students enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year compared to 740 last year. Thompson said that the school's staff has been working over summer to prepare for the increase in students.
“We've actually been seeing quite a bit of growth,” said Thompson. “So, where we've been adjusting classrooms and spaces so we can be a little more sustainable with the growth that's coming in.”
Naas added that FCA was fully in-person last year, a stark contrast to many local public schools that grappled with hybrid and distanced learning.
“We were in-person last year, all year,” said Naas. “As of last fall we started school in person, and we were in person. There were times when different groups had to pivot out, and there was a couple of times where the whole high school had to pivot out for a period of time. But really, we had a phenomenal year last year.”
Many parents at the Popsicles in the Park event praised the school's Christian approach to education.
“We moved to Colorado three years ago and were interested in private Christian schools at the time,” said Katelin Malesky, who also has two children at FCA. “We came to church at Faith and it immediately felt like home to us and we found out about the school in that way. We fell in love with the Christian community and the ability for our kids to learn about the Lord and academics as well.”
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