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Fundraiser details

December 23, 2021
By LPA staff

As a reminder of the opportunity, here is a brief recap from the families meeting on Dec. 20, 2021.

·       Since March, the goal has been to acquire and renovate the former YMCA and then Cotton Hall event center across the street.

·       Praise God, those properties have already been purchased and rezoned for Lake Pointe purposes.  

·       Renovation for academy uses and government codes for school, activities, and athletics more than double the property costs.

·        $800,000 was the spring fundraising challenge set by the board for families to help to raise a portion of the overall cost.

·       $270,000 was raised through November. Earlier this month, after comparing construction costs with the amount left to raise, the board reached out to families and faculty to share how essential completing the original $800,000 fundraising goal is to finishing the campus. 

·       Rather than to overly-leverage the properties in too large of a mortgage, the board is likely to cut out sizeable parts of the renovations, and to be content with what can be accomplished now. This would certainly reduce usable space and growth potential on the second story in the YMCA, as well as improvements in the Cotton Hall.

·       The $530,000 year-end push to complete the $800,000 goal for families will not cover the cost for renovation. It is a share of the overall cost, that will also be offset with profits from the sale of the existing campus and a conservative mortgage on new campus properties.

                                 Click this link to watch last week’s video

                                    Click this link to donate online through “Go Fund Me”


The Details    From the families meeting

The need

    We discussed in April the need to raise $800,000. 

    To date, we have raised $270,000. 

    Without raising a minimum of this additional $530,000, we have to make significant changes to the project which will ultimately add more cost for engineering, re-design and the future build out costs.

    That amount of money is necessary to fully renovate and expand the usable space in the former YMCA, especially upstairs.


The plan

Any funds or commitments received by end of this month will help the board with tough financial decisions. Either we receive additional funding to hold to the renovation plan or else prudence dictates that the board cut areas to stay within our means, and to be content with that. To be clear, the areas to be trimmed are those that we cannot simply come back in a year or two to add. For example, one important area is structural support for an expanded second level for space needs in the near future.


The deadline

The donation deadline is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 29, 2021.


The families’ plan

After the presentation, some of the parents realized the urgency, the opportunity, and the benefits, and they quickly discussed how we can break down this need into manageable commitments.  We are asking that each family consider what they can commit to, whether it is a tax-deductible donation before end-of-year 2021, or a three-year commitment of monthly or quarterly donations.


The Breakdown

 Last night, family representatives suggested the following to accomplish the goal of more fully building-out the former YMCA


120 Families giving $4,417 each, in one lump-sum check, yields $530,000 before end of year to move forward with the campus plan as designed.


In lieu of a single one-time gift, a commitment of $122.70 monthly or $368.08 four times per year for three years accomplishes similar results. These would need to be firm commitments, not just “if the money becomes available.”

Of course, any donations and all commitment forms are helpful and appreciated, and all donations to the campus fund are tax-deductible, since LPA is a 501(c)3 ministry.

We understand that some families may be able to commit much more than what is shown below, while others cannot even commit to these numbers. 


The Action Step

We ask that each of you pray as a family and reach out directly to Louis Lemmon or Karen Applegate prior to end-of-year, via email, to advise of your commitment (check or three year commitment). Encourage extended family members or others who you believe would want to support LPA's ministry to do the same.

    Reply to this e-mail at

    Contact Louis Lemmon at

    Reach Karen Applegate at

Campus Improvements

December 20, 2021
By LPA staff

Thanks to all the families and faculty members who came out tonight for an update on improvements to the new campus, and the funding needs to compete them.

For those wanting to view the video recording of the event, please click here:

New Campus Update 12/20/2021


New Campus Update 12/20/2021 v. 2

Campus Prayer List

April 05, 2021
By LPA staff

Join us by Praying:

The Lord’s continued guidance, direction, unity, favor, and blessing upon the school.

Wisdom for the team that will work to acquire and improve the facility on behalf of the school.

Continued favor in the eyes of governmental officials and all of those who will labor on our behalf (contractors, engineers, architects, subcontractors, etc.).

Safety for everyone involved.

Excellence and success converting the prospective campus to the future home of LPA Mariners!

The Lord’s continued provision and preparation to facilitate this opportunity.


Supplications & Prayers:

We are humbled by the goodness of our King and thankful in all things.  Please join us in supplications & prayers to our Lord throughout this journey.  There is much that must first be approved by York county officials and our bank before we can move forward with closing on this property.


We would ask that you pray with us on a daily basis.  Our father taught us how to pray in Matthew 6:9-13

Pray then like this:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,[b]
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,[c]
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
     but deliver us from evil.


We find further encouragement about or life in Christ and prayer in I John and I Thessalonians


I John 5:1-15

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.  In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,  for everyone born of God overcomes the world.

This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify:  the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.  Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.


I Thessalonians 5:16-18. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Prayer Requests:

 Wisdom & Discernment – Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
     and he will make straight your paths.

 Favor from York County planning, fire, DOT, commission – I Timothy 2:1-2

 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.


                  Favor for change of use

                  Favor for special parking request

                  Favor for use of the second floor for education

                  Favor for an expedited approval for our civil engineering plan

                  Favor with DOT that we will not need to add a turning lane

                  Favor for an expedited approval of our facility design (separated fire areas)

Favor with the homeowners association regarding fields and parking Galatians 5:14

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”


Pray for the workers who will build the campus.  Proverbs 18:10

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

Pray that we can raise funding for the campus.  II Corinthians 9:7

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[b] in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor his righteousness endures forever.”  He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

 Pray that the property on Hands Mill will sell quickly and for a fair market price.  Leviticus 25:14

And if you make a sale to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor, you shall not wrong one another.

Pray that we will be good stewards of God’s resources.  I Chronicles 29:12

Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.

Pray for the teachers, for the executive team, the board, the families & the ministry of Lake Pointe Academy.  I Peter 4:10

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace



Rising 7th and 8th Grade Campus Visit Day

February 22, 2019
By LPA staff

Who:   Rising 7th & New 8th grade prospective students and parents

** A parent MUST attend with the student through lunch **
**Due to limit space, younger siblings are not included as part of this day**

What:  A chance for students and parents to experience secondary

When:  Friday, March 8th    10:15 a.m-1:00 p.m.

Why:  Similar to a college visit day, this allows students and parents to learn more about the opportunities and differences in the secondary school culture.

•  During this special event, current junior high teachers, students, and administrators will address students and parents on life in the 7th and 8th grade years – including academics, student life, spiritual growth encouragement, and athletic opportunities.

•  Students and parents will have time to ask questions and to learn.

•  In addition to a joint parent-student session and a special Connection assembly to honor the rising 7th graders, students will attend a 7th grade class and stay for pizza lunch.  


Here is the day’s schedule:

10:15 a.m.     Welcome, get settled in multi-purpose room


10:35  a.m. Special Connection assembly in honor of rising 7th graders

   (and prospective 7th and 8th grade visitors)


10:45  a.m. General session (parents and students):

    What is LPA junior high like?    An overview of 7th (and 8th) grades

    Academics: goals, schedule, class make-up, expectations, rigor, how it looks  

 and work

    The experience: student life, spiritual growth encouragement, and athletics


11:45 a.m.    Split session:

    Students attend 7th or 8th grade classes

    Parents attend info session / Q&A: What parents need to know.


12:50  p.m. Lunch (Pizza)       

    We welcome parents and students to join us for lunch.

    We will order pizza after all arrive, based on preferences and numbers of those attending. Please share any special dietary needs.


1:15   p.m. Student Life Activity

    More info. on the activity to come.


3:00 p.m. Final Departure

Used Book Sale

June 07, 2018
By LPA staff

When:  Tuesday, June 26, 10:00 - 2:00 

             Thursday, June 28, 10:00 - 2:00

             Tuesday, July 10, 10:00 - 2:00 

Where:  Lake Pointe Academy

Why: This serves all families who have curriculum to sale as well as families looking to buy used curriculum for the upcoming academic year.



You may drop off your used text books that are listed on the attached book list. If the book is not on the Elementary Book list or Secondary Book list, it cannot be sold at the sale.  

We hope to be able to make updates to some items that have a “Hold” listed before the sale date. Secondary math classes will most likely be able to be updated by the beginning of the sale week. As soon as that happens, the updated lists will be emailed out to you.

All textbooks you desire to sell can be dropped off on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9 and 3 until Tuesday, June 21th. Please DO NOT bring books the day of the sale. They must be dropped off beforehand.

Each of your books must have an envelope labeled with your name and the cost. Additionaly, please indicate if you will pick up your unsold books or if you would like us to donate them. 

All unsold books must be picked up by Tuesday, July 11th.


If you are shopping, you will need to have cash or check!

Checks will be made directly to the individual selling the book so you may need several checks.

     Tax deductible book donations
Lake Pointe will offer a tax receipt for families who want to donate book list materials to the academy. We will issue deduction receipts for two types of materials that have been on our book list:
1. Those to be used for next year. We will keep these in reserve for new families.
2. Those items that have been removed from the book list. We will attempt to sell these via online sources as a fundraiser. Donations will be processed in similar manner to the receipt offered by Goodwill and other donation-dependent charities. It is the donor’s responsibility to assess and report the donation value.

Questions:  Email: with “Book Sale” in the subject line  - OR -  Phone: 803-631-LAKE (5253)

Tags: campus, parent, summer

529 Tax Plan Presentation

March 16, 2018
By LPA staff

WHO: All Lake Pointe families are invited

WHAT: As announced at the annual family meeting, Lake Pointe is hosting a special presentation about the changes to the 529 College Savings plan. 

WHEN:Tuesday, March 27 from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.

To be addressed:

An excellent overview of college funding, in general

How the 529 program helps families save for college

The options of the 529 program, which has no significant risks

How the program can be used for private K/12 tuition with tax deductions in SC

How grandparents and other family members can fund a 529 AND keep control

Comments on legislative action for NC families

Expect a 40 minute presentation, with the balance set aside for Q&A

Our presenter
Ryan White works for Columbia Threadneedle, the company hired to manage South Carolina’s 529 program, called “Future Scholars.” Local investment professionals get their information through this broad management company.

To recap some highlights, congress approved tax law changes in December that allow parents to use funds from their 529 College Savings plan to pay for private K/12 tuition. This is a huge change and a huge benefit and worth discovering straight information on its benefits.

While the program is designed for long term savings, as the law is written, parents can use the 529 program as a “pass through.” Funds deposited in the account can be withdrawn in ten business days to pay for tuition, and that action entitles the family to 7 percent deduction on their SC tax returns, up to $10,000 tuition per child per year.

The tax program changes are in effect for tuition paid in 2018.

SC has already examined the federal law and found no conflicts with state law. It has approved the private school tuition funding.

Tags: campus, family, parent

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