Christmas came early for The Frankfort Christian Academy.
A letter was delivered to the school Monday with instructions for it to be opened at the board meeting that night.
Inside was a check for $100,000 and a note thanking the school for its service in the community.
“When we opened that letter and it was read aloud, there wasn’t a dry eye in that room,” Principal Kim Burgess said.
She said the money, as the letter requested, will be used to support the school’s capital campaign, specifically for installation of a heating and air conditioning unit for the gym.
The school is also doing renovations to add new science labs and locker rooms as part of the fundraising effort.
Because of the school’s location — in what used to be the Fruit of the Loom building — the heating and air conditioning units will have to be placed on the roof with a helicopter.
“It was really a big expense,” Burgess said. “We weren’t sure we would be able to do it.”
But with this donation and additional money the school has raised, Burgess said she is hopeful they will be able to begin installing the heating and cooling unit in by the first of the year. With Monday’s donation, the school has now raised more than $205,000 for its capital campaign.
Burgess said the donation is a wonderful Christmas gift for the students and teachers at the school.
“I think it’s incredible right here at Christmas,” she said. “Its one of those things that gives you goose bumps.”
Burgess said they feel “blessed” and grateful for the generosity behind the anonymous donation.
She said she would like to tell the donor “thank you so much.”
“They have no idea what this means to our students and their families,” she said.