Sunday, September 26, 2021

Liberty earns second consecutive Henderson Cup, celebrates expansion

Liberty Christian students, parents and faculty recently celebrated two momentous occasions.

First, the school was named the top private school in Texas for the second year in a row in the largest division of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS).

It also celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony for projects that will propel Liberty into the future while preserving its important heritage and legacy.

The Argyle private school has won the top award by TAPPS nine times, beginning in 1997. Against much larger schools, students compete in academic, fine arts, and athletic competitions throughout the year, and when the final numbers were posted, Liberty Christian students again came out the winner of the overall prize.

Liberty President and Founder Rodney Haire addressed students and said he attributed winning the top award to several factors. He said when the foundation of Liberty was laid, the staff prayed over the land and wrote their favorite Scripture on the beams of the school. He also said God’s Word is on the heart of the members of the Board of Trustees, that they love and trust each other. He said he hires teachers who are all in and realize what they do touches eternity.

“We follow the Lord’s instruction, and we train our students to focus and give it their all,” said Haire.  “Our teachers are professionals who love Christ. It’s not about the right curriculum – Christ is the priority.”

Dr. Haire announced that Phase I of the school’s “Great Expectations” capital campaign was complete and capital improvement projects could be started.

Phase I includes a new Upper School, new Lower School gym and lunchroom, six new classrooms shared by Lower School and Early Childhood Education, expansion of the Commons Entrance and new roadways and parking.

Immediately following those projects, Phase II will include a new Worship and Performing Arts Center, which will be the cornerstone of the campus, along with a new double gymnasium where the current Middle School Village is today.

Liberty parents and campaign chairs Mike and Rexanne Foster announced that the new Upper School would be named after Dr. Rodney and Judy Haire.

At the ceremony, a student from each grade level was chosen to present a stone that would represent a biblical truth before the projects begin.

Campus Pastor Chris Searcy said, “In the Old Testament, the Israelites gathered up stones to remember God’s faithfulness in the past, and to trust Him with the promises of the future. In the New Testament, Peter gives the people of God, those that are in Christ, a new name, the ‘Living Stones.’

“The Great Expectations campaign is about building and adding a physical expansion so that we can continue to pray and ask God for His kingdom expansion in the hearts of our graduates. Each class at Liberty, from the youngest to the oldest, has chosen biblical truths that will mark the kind of ‘living stone’ they want to be in the world when they graduate.”


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