Columbia Adventist Academy Celebrates Groundbreaking

Columbia Adventist Academy held the Next Century ceremonial groundbreaking celebration Friday, April 4. There was excitement in the air as this event signaled the start of the construction process for the Next Century administrative and classroom complex.

A few local dignitaries were on hand to help celebrate this occasion, including Mike Ciraulo, Battle Ground mayor; Don Livesay, Oregon Conference president; and John Gatchet, Oregon Conference vice president for education.

Also included in the ceremony were Dave Cannard, CAA board chairman; Bob Davidson, CAA alumni president; Jerry Erwin and Brian and Carlene Will (and their son Matthew), campaign co-chairs; as well as Berit von Pohle, former CAA principal.

Music from the CAA brass and saxophone ensembles welcomed attendees as they arrived, and later the CAA choir performed "Oh God, Our Help, Our Hope" as the crowd circled the construction site to lift a prayer of thanksgiving, praise and dedication to the God who has overseen this project from the beginning and has blessed in the entire process.

Construction is scheduled to be finished in spring 2009.

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