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Hebron church gives school 30 acres

DACULA -- Hebron Baptist Church recently gave Hebron Christian Academy 30 additional acres for the school's Dacula Road campus.

With the additional land, Hebron Christian Academy now has a total acreage of 60 acres, including 15 on Old Peachtree Road, which is the site of the school's elementary campus.

The addition of the land will allow the school to think more strategically about its future, school officials said. Two considerations for future growth include where to build an elementary building and how to expand the school's athletic facilities.

"We are looking forward to the future at Hebron Christian Academy because the future has never been brighter," said Rick Burslem, the school's headmaster. "With expanded facilities, more athletic options and enhanced academic programs the impact to change students' lives at every level will be multiplied."

In 1999, Hebron Baptist Church purchased Northeast Atlanta Christian School and renamed it Hebron Christian Academy. At that time, 15 acres were deeded to the school, and that land is now the site of the middle and high school campus.

The Rev. Larry Wynn, senior pastor of Hebron Baptist Church, said his vision for the school at that time was that the school would be independent of the church with its own governing board, yet be a part of the Hebron Church umbrella with its own nonprofit status.

In the past 10 years, the school has experienced tremendous growth. Rising from a student population of less than 300 students, Hebron Christian Academy now serves more than 1,000 students from Dacula and the surrounding areas.

"This is a dream realized to offer Christian education to the students in north Gwinnett County, and we are very proud of what the school has accomplished in these most recent years," Wynn said.

For more information about the school, visit www.hebronlions.org or call 770-963-9250.