Grace Christian School Honors Lloyd & MacDonald
Grace Christian School (GCS) opened its doors for the 20th school year on September 6. The day began with an all-school celebration. The Joe Frey Band led students, parents, and faculty in worship, followed by a ralk with administrator Shawn Smith, who said “This year celebrates the 12th year since our first graduates walked out of these halls. Think about the lessons that have been taught here, the prayers which have been prayed, the lives that have been transformed and touched, the lifelong relationships formed, the Scripture recited. Someone said GCS is where the Christian community comes together in Bennington, that is so true!” Smith continued, stating “Over 20 years ago, a group of Christian parents committed to start a school where their children could be educated how they saw fit. Today we honor their commitment.”
Smith also took a few minutes to recognize the efforts of Joyce Lloyd, who was integral in the school’s founding and success during her time as administrator. She had the difficult job of finding teachers for a school that had neither students nor a building. Smith commended Lloyd by dedicating a new outdoor classroom space in her honor.
Smith also recognized the hard work and dedication of Susan MacDonald, who also served at GCS from its inception until her retirement in June 2014. During her years there, she served as school nurse and Elementary School principal. She often wore many hats, and was responsible for multiple and various tasks throughout the years. The nurse’s office was named in her honor. Both women were present at the celebration.