On Thursday night the Forney ISD celebrated the official opening of the new FISD Learning Academy located in the old First Baptist Church on Bois d’Arc Street in historic downtown Forney.
Hosting a lovely reception and dedication ceremony, the FISD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry welcomed a large group of community supporters to the newly renovated school campus to specifically recognize the historic significance of the church building.
Blessing the dedication ceremony, First Baptist Church Rev. Jerry Griffin first provided a heartfelt invocation within the renovated sanctuary.
Praying Rev. Griffin said “Thank you for the privilege of being here. A lot of wonderful memories are associated with this place. So I appreciate being a part of this re-dedication this evening. Let us pray together.”
Praying Rev. Griffin said “We have seen this community grow and grow and grow. Lord, I have experienced so many wonderful things here, in our lives and the lives of our daughters. We thank you Lord for the memories of this place. For the blessings we have received here as the years have gone by.”
Joining Rev. Griffin at the podium, FISD Board President Greg Pharris pointed to a small gold plague affixed to the side of the podium.
Pharris stated “I’ll read it. It says ‘Dedicated to Jerry and Helen Griffin for serving our community since 1960’. So as part of today’s dedication, we’d like to dedicate this podium to them in honor of their service to our community.”
Following the invocation a very interesting video was presented in which several elders from the First Baptist Church spoke about the building of the church in 1960, and of the church’s participation within the growing community of Forney.
FISD Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry next introduced the FISD Board of Trustees, and thanked a large array of FISD supporters present for the dedication ceremony.
Describing the newly renovated campus, Dr. Terry said “This center also serves as our Alternative Behavior Program. We have a lot of different programs that we offer students from sixth through twelfth grade. And our newest Academy members to the Forney Learning Academy, the one’s that we love to see. We have over 200 of our youngest Forney ISD students and they are from Pre-k Head Start Programs and Pre-school Programs for children with disabilities. So it serves our students from Pre-k through twelfth grade.”
Dr. Terry said “So tonight we’d like to take this opportunity to dedicate this newly renovated facility as we continue to plan for a great future for the Forney Learning Academy and Forney ISD. I know we will see many wonderful things come here.”
Cookies and brownies from Latham’s Bakery were served, and everyone enjoyed taking tours of the facility that were led by Forney ISD Learning Academy students.
Check out additional photographs of this special event at The Forney Post on Facebook.
Written by: Denise Bell