A major capital campaign for Hillcrest Lutheran Academy was publicly announced in October of 2010, with 60% of the $5 million goal already pledged. Last year's annual report noted that 75% has been raised. As of June 30th of this year, the Fresh Breeze campaign has reached 96%, with less than $250,000 remaining to meet the goal. We praise God for directing hundreds of gifts toward the campaign initiatives.
The final thrust of the campaign is to secure the remaining funds for the academic center renovation, including the installation of an efficient heating and cooling system. We await the results of a thermal conductivity test for the possible use of a geothermal system. Other improvements this past year included acoustical panels in the Music Room, and new tile in the west entrance area to the main building stairwell from the cafeteria to second floor. Endowment growth allowed for more scholarship awards this past year, with club memberships growing by 15%.
It is a blessing to work in a Christ-centered high school community where God's truth, God's grace, God's forgiveness, and God's love are taught and sought on a day to day basis. I am grateful for the support and encouragement of the church, the HLA alumni, and other dear friends who invest in this ministry to teenagers. Thank you for your partnership to the ministry of Hillcrest Academy.