Monday, August 22, 2011

OS91 hosts Flag Raising at new campus of New Hope Christian Academy

Ed Ganster leading Invocation at Flag Raising
New Hope Christian Academy holds a special place in the heart of Operation Safety 91's Founders, Ed and Mary Ganster, who have been on the Board of Directors for about 4 years. We have accompanied this wonderful Christian Educational Program and its founder, Mrs. Angi Pitt, and her wonderful husband, Rusty, through different and sometimes difficult seasons of growth and development. After 8 years and beginning with one student, New Hope Christian Academy was blessed to purchase a new campus, a prime piece of property in Minneola, FL, over the summer and today was the first day of school! A Flagpole which stands proudly in front of the Academy now, after over 3 years of standing bare, is proudly flying the U.S. Flag. Of course we made this an Event, inviting Minneola Mayor Pat Kelley who was represented by Vice Mayor Rick Roderick. Also attending were Minneola City Manager Mark Johnson, Minneola Fire Chief Derryl O'Neal with 3 of his Firefighters as well as Lake County Sheriff's Office LT Link. 
Vice Mayor Rick Roderick speaking to NHCA students

Flag attached by Responders

Mrs. Angi, NHCA Founder and Principal 
leads closing Prayer after Flagraising

New Building of New Hope Christian Academy 
with some students assembled for 1st Flagraising

Left to right: Minneola FD, 
Minneola V. Mayor, City Manager, Ed Ganster

After the Ceremony, Responders and Officials were invited in for donuts and coffee while Mrs. Angi explained the advantages of the ACE Curriculum as well as NHCA, speaking about many former students who have gone on to serve our Country and then pointing out one student present who is planning to go into the Marine Corps. Instantly, Vice Mayor Roderick who proudly served in the Marines jumped up, took off his Marine Corps lapel pin and put it on that student! It was a moment that brought tears to the eyes!
V. Mayor Rick Roderick giving his Marine Corps Pin 
to student planning on being a Marine

The new campus of New Hope Christian Academy is located at 105 E. Baker St. in Minneola, FL and their website is 

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