New Classroom Complex Dedicated Auburn Adventist Academy Gives Thanks

January 01, 2006 | Jondelle McGhee

Mist engulfed Auburn Adventist Academy’s new classroom complex, Nov. 19, 2005. As students, parents, faculty and staff huddled together to brace against the chill of autumn winds, hearts were warm as the brand new building was dedicated to God.

The dedication was special. Two years and two days after the girls' dormitory burned to the ground on AAA’s campus, destroying the belongings of 80 girls, three deans, and one teacher’s teaching materials, the building was finally finished.

The new building is home to the family and consumer sciences department, which was previously in the basement of Nelson Hall and destroyed in the fire. It also has classrooms for health sciences and Spanish and serves as the final step in rebuilding what the fire destroyed. This new building is located just southwest of the new girls’ dormitory. The fully paid for facility functions as a beautiful reminder that God not only answers prayers, but cares about our every need.

Six guest speakers, including Jere Patzer, North Pacific Union Conference president; John Freedman, Washington Conference president; Pete Lewis, Auburn mayor; and Keith Hallam, AAA principal, spoke. Alan "Lanny" Hurlburt, North Pacific Union Conference vice president for education, gave the dedicatory prayer. Tributes and thanks were given by students who had been through the fire, and a special address was given by Shelly Kilgore, family and consumer science instructor. Before the open house and reception, Sylvan Chorale sang a beautiful rendition of Psalm 67.

As guests hurried out of the cold and into the newly dedicated building, a renewed sense of thanksgiving to God warmed many hearts. It is with grateful hearts that Auburn Adventist Academy dedicates this new classroom complex to the work of Christ.