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S.C. Christian celebrates anniversary

Posted: March 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Actor/director and bestselling author Alex Kendrick and Santa Clarita Christian School Principal Derek Swales during the private school’s recent 30-year celebration at Hyatt Regency Valencia.

Actor/director and bestselling author Alex Kendrick addressed a ballroom of 250 supporters of Christian education on March 9 as Santa Clarita Christian School celebrated its 30th anniversary with a fundraising event at the Hyatt Regency Valencia.

Kendrick, whose faith-based independent films, "Flywheel," "Facing the Giants," "Fireproof" and "Courageous" have grossed more than $50 million, communicated his passion for reaching the nation's young with the Gospel, as well as his passion for the role played by Christian education.

"Whoever wants this next generation the most will get them," Kendrick said during his keynote address. "We have to love, train and teach them as the body of Christ."

Kendrick's call echoed the mission of Santa Clarita Christian School, which began as a ministry of Santa Clarita Baptist Church in Canyon Country in 1982. The school currently enrolls 530 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Its graduates have gone on to attend colleges such as Brown University; Georgetown University; University of Southern California; University of California, Los Angeles; Pepperdine University; California State University, Northridge; Occidental College; and University of California, Santa Barbara.

The Friday celebration centered on Kendrick's keynote address and included dinner, performances by the school's choir and a silent auction to support the school's scholarship fund.

The event included a live auction. Items won at auction ran the gamut from gift cards for local restaurants to signed sports memorabilia and weeklong resort vacations. Seats for the event started at $100 a plate.

"We wanted to capture the scope of the school's ministry," said school principal Derek Swales. "We wanted to say thank you to those who went before us - back when we had carpet on the gym floor. We also want to be inspired about the future of SCCS."

Kendrick also aimed to inspire.

"Man, do we need Christian education," he told the audience. "These kids could be world-changers. When you support a school like this, you're helping defend the kingdom. God bless Santa Clarita Christian School."



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