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March 3, 2017

 

 


 

Campus Dedication and Homecoming 2016

October 11, 2016

 


 

Lake Mead Christian Academy North Campus Ribbon Cutting

August 15, 2016


 

ESA Heads to Nevada Supreme Court

LAS VEGAS
July 7, 2016
Nevada's School Choice program will once again be under the microscope as supporters and opponents gear up for hearings before the state supreme court at the end of the month.
The school choice program also known as Nevada's Education Savings Account program has been on shaky ground since lawmakers passed it last year.
Ever since the program opened in February, thousands of parents have signed up for ESA.  A northern Nevada lawsuit put the program on hold.  In fact, two lawsuits were filed to put a stop to ESA.  One of the lawsuits was upheld, while the other was dismissed.
  
Both sides of the ESA issue want answers before school starts.
 
"Public school in its traditional sense is just not working for my son," said Shannon Churchwell, an ESA supporter.
Churchwell says ESA, is the only way she can afford to put her son in a private school.
"Unfortunately, because we're a lower income family, we're trapped, Churchwell said.  "I really feel like we're held hostage by this dysfunctional system."
The ESA program essentially allows parents to receive roughly $5,000 that would be spent on their child in a public school to apply it toward tutoring or private school tuition.
Lawsuits are challenging the program on two fronts.
"We can't afford any money diverting from the school system," said Adriana Martinez, an Educate Nevada Now Consultant.
   
Martinez says the program would divert about 30-million dollars in funding out of public education.
"These are tax dollars going into private education taking away from our public schools," Martinez said.
The other issue surrounding ESA us whether or not public funds will go toward secular purposes.
"This is unconstitutional, said Tod Story of the ACLU of Nevada. "This transfer of cash from the taxpayer to private, religious use."
 
Michael Schaus of the Nevada Policy Research Institute says in both cases, parents get the money first, which means the money doesn't go directly to private schools.
"The state is not giving any money directly to schools, Schaus said.  "The state has no control over what schools a parent may or may not choose."

So who's right?  We'll have to wait and see.  The decision will come later from the Nevada Supreme Court.
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Growing enrollment numbers push private school to expand

By Karen Castro | kcastro@8newsnow.com, Tim Zeitlow, Photojournalist

Published 05/28 2015 03:32PM

Updated 05/28 2015 06:54PM

HENDERSON, Nev.

Henderson parents will soon have another option when choosing a private school for their kids. Lake Mead Christian Academy is expanding.

As it turns out, public schools are not the only ones dealing with overcrowding issues. The private school is nearly at capacity and has waiting list for early education.

The new campus will be built across the street from the current campus which will be designated as an elementary school and the new campus will be a middle and high school. 

"We are busting at the seams and ready to move to a bigger campus," said TobyYurek, president of the board of directors for the academy.

"Its exciting to see land development, but to see it develop as a school makes it even more exciting and more rewarding for us," said Mark Perris, president and CEO, Landwell Company.

The Landwell Company donated the land to built the first campus and they've donated the land for the second campus.

"We're so excited to be able to have the opportunity to expand," said Sue Blakeley, administrator and founder of Lake Mead Christian Academy. "Enrollment is just really blooming. We have been on the upswing for quite a few years."

The new campus will be built in two phases.

Phase one will feature 25 classrooms, a sports field, and a multi-purpose room. By the time phase two is completed, the academy will be able to enroll a total of 1,200 students.

"It will not only allow room for them to grow, very conveniently across the street, but also to allow more room for growth and expansion within elementary and early education," Yurek said. "We want to encourage the growth so we can have more of an impact on the community."

Construction of phase one is scheduled to begin immediately and the new campus will open in August 2016.

Tuition at Lake Mead Christian Academy starts at around $5,000 a year.


 

March 11, 2015, 1:29 pm

Kailua-Kona low-income housing complex gets new playground​

Construction is underway on a brand-new outdoor playspace at the Ulu Wini housing complex in Kailua-Kona.

The $180,000 Miracle Mega Tower will feature four play structures including a heptagon double decker tower and water fountain, spiral and wave slides, a fish bridge, play panels and climbing apparatuses including stairs, risers, ladders and a fossil bluff climbing wall.

The play structures, with the exception of the water fountain, will be covered with recycled steel roofing or commercial grade fabric umbrellas.

It’s a first for Ulu Wini and was made possible through a donation from the Roberts Foundation. HOPE Services Hawaii celebrated the groundbreaking with residents of Na Kahua Hale O Ulu Wini (The Homes at Ulu Wini) last month.

“The residents and keiki of Ulu Wini are so excited and grateful to have a beautiful and safe outdoor play structure in their backyard,” said Brandee Menino, COO of HOPE Services. “We have so much aloha for the Roberts Foundation.”

Volunteers from Lake Mead Christian Academy and residents from Ulu Wini are assisting NyLawn with construction of the playground, which is expected to be complete by the end of March.

Built in 2013 by the County of Hawaii’s Office of Housing and Community Development and operated by HOPE Services, The Homes at Ulu Wini provides 96 two-bedroom units—23 transitional housing for homeless families, 72 affordable housing dedicated to low-income families and one unit for the resident manager.


 

March 3, 2015

Students at LMCA spend a week in Downtown Las Vegas- just loving on people

While other secondary students at LMCA are spending Missions Week all over the world, a special group of students spend their week just loving and praying over the people of Las Vegas. In this picture, they advertise "Free Prayer" and will pray with anyone on Fremont Street.


 

More than a basketball story: DeQuan's inspiring journey
Justin Giles, 10:01 a.m. MST February 15, 2015

(Photo: Chris Caldwell / The Spectrum & Daily News)

ST. GEORGE – Nothing is impossible: You have your dream, so go and chase it.

Those are the words Dixie State University basketball player DeQuan Thompson has held onto throughout his life, rising from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs.

Hard work, determination and love from friends and strangers has helped shape Thompson not only into an incredible basketball player, but into a remarkable and inspiring young man.

Click here to read more about one of LMCA's alumni DeQuan Thompson.


 

LMCA Second Grader "Builds A Legacy" at her Birthday Party

02/02/2015

Second grader, Symphony Devine asked guests at her birthday party to donate to LMCA's building fund in lieu of gifts! She raised over $345 for LMCA's Expanding the Legacy North Campus Campaign.


 

Lake Mead Christian Academy, Black Rock Solar dedicate rooftop array in Southern Nevada

March 31, 2014 – 10:47 am

Lots of school kids and local dignitaries turned out in the lovely southern Nevada spring sunshine on March 20 to dedicate an array that Black Rock Solar has built for Lake Mead Christian Academy in Henderson.

The array was made possible thanks to a $313,000 rebate from utility company NV Energy. The array, with 284 Renesola panels, will generate about 193,000 kWh a year, offsetting the emission of about 100 tons of climate-harming carbon dioxide.

School President Susan Blakeley cut the ceremonial ribbon with a pair of over-sized (and rather blunt) scissors provided by the local Chamber of Commerce.

Black Rock Solar’s Executive Director Paddy McCully said, “Lake Mead school was a great partner to work with on this project, our sixth solar array in Southern Nevada. It should continue saving them many thousands of dollars and generating clean power for decades to come.”

McCully thanked Black Rock Solar’s Las Vegas crew – Steve Bethlenvalfay, Michael Garritano, Charles Lott, Michael Aldana, Duncan Morris and Olande Layug – for their hard work on the project.

– Paddy McCully, BRS Executive Director

 

LMCA goes green with Black Rock Solar


Enhancing education programs and instilling renewable energy values in children are core values for Black Rock Solar, so building a 102 kW array for Lake Mead Christian Academy was a natural fit.

“‘LMCA Going Green with Black Rock Solar’ has been a great experience all the way around. We are so grateful for their hard work and the extremely gifted people that were working with LMCA to lower our energy bill. This has been an exciting experience and has proven to be a conversation piece for many of our families.”- Benjamin “BJ” Blakeley , LMCA Director of Resource Development

With the help of a NV Energy rebate, Black Rock Solar built a 384-panel roof-top photovoltaic array for LMCA at no cost to the school. The school will save nearly $10,000 a year in utility costs. That’s thousands of dollars that can go directly back to educational programs for children.

LMCA began with 24 students and four staff members in 1989. It is the first and oldest kindergarten through 12th grade private school in Henderson. In 1995, LMCA was the recipient of 5.6 acres of land. Two major building projects fully built out the campus with over 60,000 square feet of permanent buildings that include more than 40 classrooms and offices, along with a commercial cafeteria, full service coffee shop, gymnasium and maintenance building.

Black Rock Solar is proud to have helped bring renewable energy to this Nevada educational institution.

View LMCA's solar at work here.

 

LMCA press release in the Las Vegas Sun

Henderson private school 'goes green' for free
Published on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 (12:34 p.m.)

Submitted by Lake Mead Christian Ministries with Black Rock Solar
LAKE MEAD CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES
IS “ GOING GREEN”
Private Christian school can reinvest energy savings back into the students and ministry community

(Henderson, NV)- Black Rock Solar just completed a 121 kW solar array on the rooftop of their building on Lake Mead Parkway. This array will provide Lake Mead Christian Ministries with approximately $10,500 in yearly savings. This adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next 25 years. The array was made possible by a $310,000 grant given by NV Energy and was built at no cost to LMCM by Black Rock Solar.

“We are so excited about our solar array. Anytime LMCM can save money we are able to put it right back into our programs to better the education for our students” -Sue Blakeley (Administrator, LMCM)

This month Black Rock Solar will be on campus, working with the students of Lake Mead Christian Academy performing experiments and giving lessons on solar energy.

There will be a dedication of this array and a ribbon cutting by the City of Henderson on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 1:00PM at Lake Mead Christian Ministries (540 E. Lake Mead Pkwy. Henderson, NV 89015).

About Lake Mead Christian Ministries:
Lake Mead Christian Ministries began as Lake Mead Christian Academy in 1989, operating as a K-12 program. In 2004 a campus church was organized to serve members of the school community and the surrounding Henderson area. Further expansion occurred in 2006, with the addition of a childcare and preschool program. The newest of Lake Mead Christian Ministries’ endeavors is “Create”. This young adult gathering began in the fall of 2013 and averages 150 young adults each Tuesday night. Today, Lake Mead Christian Ministries serves 615 students and children (infant through 12th grade) and a congregation of 300 people for Sunday worship services.

About Black Rock Solar:
Black Rock Solar is a Reno based 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on speeding the adoption of clean energy through installation, energy efficiency, and education. By installing solar at low or no cost for schools, tribes, rural communities, and other non-profits, Black Rock Solar puts much needed funds into the hands of those who need it most.