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Photo Tour

These images show the magnitude of the repair project to get The Education Center at Old Colonial up and running. A lot of work has already been done, but the building is still a work in progress.

As you look over these images, see if you can hear the voices of children running through the halls to their next class. We can!

Here are several images of the outside of the building. It's all brick and in good shape.

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This is the Front of section B, circa 1939.

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This is the Front of section B, circa 1939.

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This is the Front of section B, circa 1939.

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Looking from section B toward the gym.

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Looking down the parking lot in front of the building.

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The old Colonial Elementary School sign, which we will replace.

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A side view of section A.

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Outside view of the gymnasium.

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Looking from the gym toward the other wings of the school, in front.

These images show the inside of the gymnasium and library.

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The gymnasium from the floor. New ceiling tiles are sitting on the floor, awaiting installation. We will be selling sponsor ads on the walls of the gym. Would your business be interested?

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The gymnasium from the top of the bleachers. New ceiling tiles are sitting on the floor, awaiting installation.

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The library. The shelves on the right house books for the start of our child-safe library.

Here are hallways near the front entrance, and the front doors viewed from the inside.

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Section C hallway.

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Section C hallway looking toward the gym.

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Section C classroom. Vandals broke the windows.

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Section C classroom.

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The front doors and lobby.

Three rooms had so much water damage from the leaking ceiling that all the original hardwood flooring had to be removed. This will be replaced with plywood and carpeting.

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A small room that had water & mold damage. The hardwood floor was ruined and had to be removed. This will require installation of plywood and carpeting.

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A classroom that had water & mold damage. The hardwood floor was ruined and had to be removed. This will require installation of plywood and carpeting.

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A classroom that had water & mold damage. The hardwood floor was ruined and had to be removed. This will require installation of plywood and carpeting.

The original, 1939, section of the building has a lot of character, including this natural theater space with >20ft ceiling and a stage with lighting.

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The original entrance doors to the oldest section.

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The theater.

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The stage in the theater. Stage lights are installed. One window in the back was smashed by vandals and will cost about $6000 to repair.

Section A is the newest classroom area of the building. It also had extensive water damage, but since it sits on a concrete slab the cleanup was easier. The County left much furniture, including many electronic white boards which need to be tested to see whether they are working.

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Hallway leading into section A. The stains on the floor are from water leaks.

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Section A classroom.

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Section A classroom.

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Section A classroom.

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Section A classroom.

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Section A classroom.

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Section A hallway.

The cafeteria needs a lot of cleanup work, including mold removal in the ceiling, which will be complicated by the utilities running above, and the old wooden roof. The kitchen will need a complete rework to be brought up to code. However, we don't need the kitchen and cafeteria to operate home school co-ops.

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The cafeteria seating area.

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The kitchen area.

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The cafeteria serving area.

The water system for the school runs off a well, with five, 500gal tanks and pumps to pressurize the school's water pipes. Heating and cooling are provided by about 30 HVAC heat pump units, and a chiller and boiler. The latter appear to be in working order, and the well and well pump are working. The entire water system must be tested and passed by local health authorities.

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The hallways in section B are in pretty good shape. And a benefactor donated a huge amount of office furniture from an office building.

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Hallway in Section B. The theater is through the triple window.

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Hallway in Section B. The theater is through the triple window.

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Donated office furniture.

The school has this nice outdoor instruction area. There are several playgrounds outside, and two baseball diamonds.

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Outdoor instruction area.

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Playground.

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Playground.

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Playground.

This is our project to-do board. Our volunteers pick a task and get it done!

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Project to-do board.

So, what do you think? A huge project, right? But we have made great progress so far, with the help of God and a ton of volunteers and contractors. With your help, there will be children getting a Biblical education here soon! Contact us to find out how you can help!

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