Community Christian embarks on new chapter

Community Christian School is celebrating growth.

After 34 years of holding classes in the First Evangelical Free Church building, the school began the year at a new location, the former Holy Rosary Parish at 2406 9 1/2 Ave. S. After a couple months of classes, the school held a dedication ceremony for the building Sunday afternoon.

“We are very excited to be in this new building,” said Margaret Shields, dean of students. “We’ve enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Evangelical Free Church for the 34 years we’ve been in their building, but when this opportunity arose and God blessed us with people willing to pitch in, and help us out, and give to help us buy the building, it seemed to us very clear that this is the place God wants us to be.”

Shields spoke at the ceremony, reminding everyone of the school’s past. The First Evangelical Free Church voted to create the school in 1978, she said, but it was always nondenominational. The school began with preschool through sixth grade, then added in seventh and eighth grade the next year.

In 1982, CCS began offering high school classes, she said, and did so for about 10 years. It now focuses on preschool through eighth grade.

“Our school is still run by the same philosophy,” Shields said. “We have the same objectives as 35 years ago. We still strive for excellence. Teaching styles may be different, there’s a lot more technology than there was, but our goal is still the same.”

Dr. Bob Stouffer, superintendent of Des Moines Christian School, gave an address and a charge to the Fort Dodge school.

God gave CCS a bigger building, he said, “not only to give you greater visibility in the community, but hopefully more people will understand the value of Christ-centered education and want to take that opportunity for themselves and for their families.”