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Full Armor Christian Academy celebrates a very special start to the school year


POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014 - 9:57pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 7:23am

Just three months ago, it appeared Full Armor Christian Academy would be closing down for good.

But in less than a week, donors from across the area helped keep the only Christian academy in Rusk County open.

Now students are back in class, celebrating the campus' 20th anniversary.

It was just another normal day at Full Armor in Henderson, with students filling out worksheets, or enjoying an early afternoon snack.

Hut everyone here understands just how close this day and others like it, were, to not happening.

"We really didn't know the future of our school and through our faithful families and friends and donors we're here," said family representative Wyn Billingsley.

"The thought of the school possibly not being here, it was more than just sad, it's the fact that this school serves a mission for our community," said administrator Tricia Hall.

Although the day may seem typical, the atmosphere is different.

"The second you walk in to the hall the students are smiling, the teachers are happy, it's a renewed school spirit," said Billingsley.

"Even young children, 2nd and 3rd grade, they feel something different here this year, and it's optimism," said Hall.

"I'm just really excited to see what God is doing, I'm excited to be able to grow kids to a point where they're Christian leaders," said assistant principal Chris Ford.

So words such as 'typical' or 'routine', can be used to describe a day like this, but the fact this day and others like are 'typical' and 'routine', means so much more to those who built this school, as well as those who carry on its legacy.

"I keep trying to find that perfect adjective, and the best I can come up with is 'uplifting'," said Billingsley.

"It is the presence of God here within our walls of this school," said Hall.

Hall is serving as volunteer administrator to help with the financial aspect of Full Armor, instituting a new program for scholarships, and helping to make sure when next August rolls around, Full Armor will starting their 21st school year.

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