We are going to begin a major undertaking in completely replacing the Anderson Hall main entrance, and we are looking for partners to help make that possible.

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The main entrance to Anderson Hall, where every prospective student and their parents visit, is desperately in need of work. Literally every day it torments me to imagine what impression this gives a first-time campus visitor.

As the first impression we give campus guests, we need to create an entrance that represents the rest of what they will find as they explore our campus, meet our staff, and learn about our ministry.

It isn’t only a matter of appearance, however, there are functional needs that are especially urgent:

  • The office has no handicap accessibility.
  • The porch overhang is not large enough to prevent rainfall from filling the stairwell and overcoming the drain.
  • The configuration of the landscape allows rain runoff to flow from the parking lot into the stairwell, causing periodic flooding in the basement.
  • The lighting configuration attracts unsightly bugs and spider webs, creating a daily necessary cleaning task.AH Main Entrance3
  • The surface of the staircase is rough and has deteriorated to the point where paint will not adhere.
  • Handrails are rusted and broken.

If it were a matter of fixing just one or two of these problems, it would be manageable. However, the scope of the need means that a complete tear out and rebuild is necessary. We have delayed this project because 1) it’s complicated and will disrupt daily functioning for an extended period of time, 2) it’s costly, and 3) we can’t do it without skilled work team members.

The good news is that we have the volunteers we need for this project coming within the next few weeks. Now is the time to begin this three-phase project:

  • Phase 1: We will remove the porch and build a new porch at a cost of $5,000AH Main Entrance2.
  • Phase 2: We will build a new porch overhang at a cost of $1,500.
  • Phase 3: We will build a handicap accessible ramp, pour new sidewalks, and do final landscaping, costing $3,000.

If we have the funding, it would be possible to complete Phases 1 and 2 in time for school to start in August. For a total of $9,500, we can transform our main campus entrance.

These two projects combine for a total cost of $12,000. Toward this cost, we have funds available totaling $4,850, so we need $7,150 to complete the funding of these projects.

Your support of this project will count toward the $400,000 matching gift, which will help complete the funding of the new girls’ dormitory! You can give now by PayPal or credit card, or send a check to Oakdale Christian Academy, 5801 Beattyville Road, Jackson, KY  41339, with “Summer 2013 Initiatives” in the memo line.