By Thomas Keever

As I sit in my office and gaze out of the window I never dreamed I could get so excited by bulldozers, concrete trucks and mud…lots of mud. The site preparation for Lake Lure Classical Academy’s Gymnatorium is right on schedule despite some very challenging weather conditions. The heavy afternoon rains and winds have not slowed our contractor, Carolina Specialties as the crews keep plowing ahead. We have an unofficial but encouraging tentative completion date as early as March 1, 2019.

As I have stated many times, this addition to our campus will not only enhance the student’s education experience but will be a tremendous asset for the entire community. Imagine Lake Lure community theater, concerts and other cultural and athletic events that will enhance the quality of life for everyone in the Hickory Nut Gorge and surrounding communities.

We have also invested a tremendous amount of resources and effort developing our sports fields. The multipurpose field will support soccer, baseball and softball. The field will have irrigation and the surface is Bermuda Grass which is very durable and does very well in our Isothermal climate.

Even though it is summer Lake Lure Classical Academy has been a beehive of active since the official last day of June 8. The last three weeks of June we held two academic enrichment camps – one for students wanting to improve their End of Course scores in math and reading. Students received intensive tutoring and encouragement. We are so very proud that 18 more students demonstrated academic proficiency, and all students improved! We also conducted “Reading Camp,” where all 21 participants showed measured improvement in reading skills.

July brought only a brief respite as we cranked up two weeks of fun summer camp activities the week of July 9 and July 16. Campers had field trips to Chimney Rock State Park, Lake Lure Fire and Police Departments, La Strada Restaurant for a behind the scenes look at the Pizza making and a trip to Greenville’s Kid Zone. In addition to the field trips, students participated in arts and crafts, making their own tie-dyed Tee Shirts, cooperative games, and on and on. The campers and camp counselors had a blast, fantastic fellowship and learned many new skills.

Lake Lure Classical Academy’s first day of school is Wednesday, August 15. We are looking for 100% attendance this day and will have drawings, contests and prizes. Parents and students are invited to “Meet the Teacher,” on Monday August 13. Times will be confirmed very soon, and parents will be notified. As of this writing Grade Six has a waiting list and Grades Five and Nine are getting close to capacity. Please check our website, or call 828-625-9292 for more information.

Thomas Keever is Executive Director of Lake Lure Classical Academy, CFA.