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Granite City and Central Port officials gathered Sept. 1 alongside Melissa and Greg Morrison and the girls’ volleyball team to celebrate the grand opening of Gateway Legacy Christian Academy’s new Upper School Academy at 544 Niedringhaus Ave. GLCA focuses on college preparation and works to “help kids find out who they are on their own level,” in the words of Headmaster Melissa Morrison.
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Dr. Christina Darin of Darin Chiropractic presents Gateway Sports Academy, the school’s sports program, with a check for $1,000. Community Relations Coordinator Christina Scott says that GLCA is “grateful to work with Darin Chiropractic.”
America’s Central Port welcomed its newest occupant Sept. 1 with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
Port and Granite City officials gathered at the doors of Gateway Legacy Christian Academy at noon for its grand opening.
“This is a great partnership,” said Dennis Wilmsmeyer, executive director of America’s Central Port. Mayor Ed Hagnauer shared the sentiment, noting that bringing GLCA to Granite City is “a big move for the community.”
Greg and Melissa Morrison founded the academy, which is entering its 10th year.
“Students get stressed out and aren’t always able to reach their full potential in a conventional classroom setting,” Headmaster Melissa Morrison says. “We wanted to create an environment where kids can be secure, get plenty of one-on-one help and excel. As a college prep school, we want to help kids find out who they are at their own level.”
For six years, GLCA has conducted an international foreign exchange program, which Morrison considers a natural fit.
“We have 75 international students attending class this year,” she said. “The academy takes pride in fulfilling the dreams of kids around the world.”
Community Relations Coordinator Christina Scott said she believes the international program holds great appeal for its participating students.
“The American education is invaluable,” Scott said. “Students from around the world want to study in America.”
Scott said GLCA has much to offer.
“The academy is accredited for diplomas and has a lot of extracurricular activities available, including soccer and volleyball,” she said. “We believe that the small class sizes are best for giving each student individualized attention.”
Among the students present for the ribbon-cutting were the girls’ volleyball team, The Gateway Lions, which includes Isabella, Luiza, Beatriz, Isabel, Anna, Amanda, Isadora and Luana. Each girl finds a sense of pride and prestige in attending the academy. Among the school’s many appeals to the team are sports, friends and meeting people from other countries.
Shortly after the ribbon-cutting, Dr. Christina Darin of Darin Chiropractic presented a check for $1,000 to Gateway Sports Academy, the school’s sports program.
“We’re so grateful to work with Darin Chiropractic,” Scott said. “The clinic will be very helpful in treating the sports injuries that our student-athletes might sustain during the season.”
Separate dormitories are also in the final stage of the renovation process, with the boys’ dorm located on campus and the girls’ dorm on Chain of Rocks Road. Local families are also given the option of taking exchange students into their homes for the school year.
GLCA officials say they believe the dorms will help solidify the “college feel” the school strives to achieve, and help ease the transition of each student continuing on his or her path to success.
For information, visit glcaprep.com.