By Amanda Anderson
PALM BAY -- Anniversaries are for celebration. These momentous occasions are full of jubilance and mark a time to reflect on the past.
Covenant Christian School celebrated its 20th anniversary in style -- complete with 100 holes of golf, a fundraising walk and a banana split, spanning more than 300 feet!
"This celebration was a school-wide birthday party for all our students, in honor of our 20th anniversary," said Ken Ingraham, the school's founding headmaster. "We have celebrated throughout this school year."
In October, during the school's annual Grandparents Day event, students celebrated with their grandparents. Parents also joined in the celebration in January for a school-wide celebration with the parent-teacher fellowship.
Twenty parent-golfers and caddies participated in a 100-hole golf fundraiser on April 19 at Valkaria's Habitat Golf Course. Funds raised totaled $30,000.
While parents chipped and putted for Covenant, 350 kindergarteners through 12th-grade students, along with their teachers, took place in a three-mile walk around school grounds in hopes of raising an additional $30,000.
The joint efforts of the parents and students raised an astounding $57,000, which will benefit the school in many ways.
"We have launched our first-ever varsity tennis team and expanded our elementary learning center to help students grow stronger in their studies," Headmaster Ingraham said. "The funds have also helped nearly 45 students with financial aid assistance for them to be able to attend Covenant Christian School."
After a day full of fundraising, students, teachers and parents dug into a delicious banana split, measuring more than 300 feet long.
"We constructed the banana split with 100 bananas, gallons upon gallons of ice cream and enough chocolate and strawberry sauce to fill a small boat," added Headmaster Ingraham.
Covenant Christian School proudly instills strong character within its students, while providing a disciplined, learning and healthy environment, with daily Bible classes.
"We have a quality academic program, from which 95 percent of our graduates have been accepted for both two-year and four-year colleges," Headmaster Ingraham said. "Covenant Christian School prides itself on reaching out to our students with its school motto -- Cultivating Wise Servant Leaders."