CCS to celebrate 40 years

Thousands of students have been educated through Community Christian School during the past 40 years.

The first classes at CCS were offered in the fall of 1978 and have continued all these years, according to the school. To mark that milestone, CCS is hosting an all-school reunion Sept. 21 and Sept. 22.

All events will take place at the school, 2406 9 1/2 Ave. S.

The Friday activities will include a special chapel service at 2 p.m. with classroom visits and building tours.

A ribbon cutting will take place at 4 p.m. with the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, followed by refreshments and public tours of the building.

Friday night will be an all-school social starting at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and time to renew acquaintances, followed by gatherings at two local restaurants — Taco Tico or Ja-Mar Drive In Restaurant.

Visiting those two restaurants are old-school traditions for families, according to the school.

Saturday’s events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. include individual and group activities for all ages. There will be games, bouncy houses, sports, contests, trivia quiz, with prizes and food vendors available on the school grounds.

The All School Banquet is at 5 p.m. The evening includes presentations from former and current students, staff and board members, videos, pictures and time to share memories.

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CCS was founded on Jan. 18, 1978, through a vote taken by the members of the First Evangelical Free Church, of Fort Dodge.

The intent was to “parent and guide a Christian school” that would be nondenominational in its focus and teachings, yet would stress those central truths of the Bible that unite Christians.

The school was accredited with the state of Iowa and had licensed teachers. A high school was added in 1980 and was operational until 1991.

The school remained housed in the basement of FEFC, which is now Crossway Church, until the spring of 2013. At that time, it was relocated to 2406 91/2 Ave. S.

The school became an independent school no longer governed by the FEFC and continued as a nondenominational Christian School.

Today, CCS includes preschool, elementary and middle school and provides an afterschool care program.

It offers music, sports, art, physical education and weekly chapel programs, along with small class sizes, to provide a family-centered and safe environment focused on individual student achievement, according to the school.

Community Christian School is accredited with the Iowa Department of Education and also with Christian School International to provide a fully accredited Christian education, according to the school.

It has licensed teachers in every subject teaching Biblically-sound curriculum, according to a school press release.

For additional information or help registering, contact CCS at 573-3011.