- Capital Campaign
Shalom Christian Academy is growing again! The PreK through 12th grade private school in Chambersburg held a groundbreaking event on Monday to kick off the next phase of Shalom’s $12 million Cultivating Wholeness Capital Campaign. With elementary students in hard hats looking on, a group of Shalom’s campaign officials used shovels to officially break ground on the elementary expansion.
The four phase campaign began in 2019 with upgrades to Shalom’s elementary and middle
school classrooms including state of the art green energy initiatives. The current phase in the elementary wing includes a new multipurpose room as well as an increase and expansion of elementary spaces to impact Shalom’s scientific, technological, and humanities curriculum. It also includes finishing previous updates that were on hold due to COVID-19 challenges surrounding construction. These renovations (Phase 1a and Phase 2) will be completed in time for school in Fall 2021.
“I am grateful to the many people who worked to make this project come together,” Administrator Angie Petersheim said. “The groundbreaking was a wonderful celebration of that work, and their efforts.” Petersheim was joined at the groundbreaking event by members of Shalom’s administration and board, as well as representatives from Brechbill and Helman who serve as the contractor for the multi-million dollar project.
While the addition offers more space for our expanding elementary, Elementary Principal Jaime Keller said it also showcases Shalom’s foundation of drawing from the past while looking to the future. “It represents our continuous desire to improve - improve our facilities, our curriculum, and all that we can offer our students,” Keller said. “It is a true testament to the Shalom community. Without the patience, dedication, and support of our community, we wouldn't have the blessing of adding this amazing space! This capital campaign shows our core values of servanthood, community, and academics in action. We are excited to have this added physical space, but I am most excited to see how we can use this blessing to serve others.”
The addition of classroom and meeting space meets the needs of the 21st century student. “The new and refinished classrooms create a positive learning environment. The flexible gathering spaces allow teachers to facilitate collaboration and plan activities that can extend beyond traditional settings,” Petersheim said. “It’s a great time to be a part of the Shalom community.”
To learn more about Shalom Christian Academy’s Cultivating Wholeness Capital Campaign, visit www.shalomca.com/campaign.