Carter Christian Academy turns 20 years old this year, and the school would like to celebrate with the community.

The school building where the academy is currently housed was originally Hitchins High School, and then served as an elementary school after the establishment of East Carter High School.

“There is a lot of public interest (in the gym and building) because the school used to be Hitchins Elementary,” explained CCA Administrator Nikki Rice. “It was Hitchins High School first, when it was first created. So a lot of people in the community have family members (who graduated here), or they've graduated from here themselves.”

“The building was flooded several times and they've renovated, (but) the gym has taken the brunt of it because it's in the lowest flood plain,” Rice continued.

Because of that flooding the building was eventually abandoned by the county and the new Heritage Elementary was constructed to take its place.

It then sat empty for several years until Edward Isaacs purchased the building from the Historic Preservation Society.

Isaacs, himself a Hitchins alumnus who had a passion for the building and what it meant to the community, then decided to gift the school to Carter Christian Academy for $1, so that the building could be preserved and students could once again grace the halls of the historic building.

“(Isaacs') goal is to see the campus fully renovated,” Rice said.

This includes the gym, which has been undergoing recent renovations to place a new floor, new windows, and a new entryway with a raised wall that can be closed off to mitigate future flooding.

The new gym isn't finished yet, but it will be open for tours as part of the 20th anniversary celebration on September 16.

“This is our 20th anniversary as a school,” Rice said. “We were established in 1997. So, our way of getting the community involved, and showing that we are here to serve them, was to do a 20th year celebration and have a big community event. So we're going to have a hog roast... we're going to do a bike run that day, and we're going to have an indoor playground and things for the kids... some gospel music on campus. Just celebrate and at the same time give gym tours so people can see the progress.”

The pig roast will begin at 3:30 p.m., and last until the food runs out. Tickets for the food may be purchased in advance, from any CCA student or the school, at Med-Save Pharmacy, or the Carter County Flea Market, at a cost of $7.

Meal tickets the day of the event are $10. All children under age five will eat for free.

The school will also hold a cornhole tournament, with a $1 entry fee, feature gospel music from the Fellowship Trio, and hold a benefit bike ride.

Registration for the bike ride will begin at noon, at the Holy Rollers Motorcycle Ministry Clubhouse, between the K-Mart and Smithfield.

Kickstands are up at 1 p.m. and prizes will be awarded to all participants. Costs for the bike ride is $15 per rider, and $5 per passenger, and includes a meal ticket for the hog roast.

For more information on the bike run, contact Pam Haney at 471-0239.

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