Legacy Christian Academy's Laps of Love raised $35,145.85 that will be used to help fund children's treatment at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Originally a fundraiser for the school and known as Laps for Legacy, the event saw several changes this year, none more prominent than the decision to support an outside group impacting others. “Laps of Love instills everything that we daily pour into our students, specifically that we are called to love others and serve them,” shared Deanna Carpenter, Chief Development Officer. “That being said, this event allowed our students to focus on other children in need and bless them with the money raised for Texas Scottish Rite. We are absolutely amazed at the generosity of our LCA community, yet never surprised by the passion and hearts of our parents, grandparents, and friends as they continually step up in a huge way when there is a need and a worthy cause to support.”
Legacy's partnership with Scottish Rite, while logical given the hospital's new 40-acre expansion located in Frisco, TX minutes from the school, was actually born in a trailer on a Thursday morning last fall. During a weekly construction meeting for Legacy's Upper School and Fine Arts expansion, Patrick Farr, of Marvery LLC who served as Legacy's owner-agent, shared with Head of School, Bill McGee, that his daughter would spend at least three months in Scottish Rite. “Upon hearing of Avery's stay, Bill continued to ask me for updates and ways Legacy could help and pray for her and our family. From my personal standpoint, it's a unique experience to have a relationship with a client that has a genuine care and concern with people, regardless of circumstance. It's encouraging!” shared Farr.
These conversations and updates continued in the weeks that followed, and in November, a contingency of Upper School students, including cheerleaders and dance team members, joined Mr. McGee on a visit to Scottish Rite to see Avery and her fellow patients. Following the visit, McGee wrote, “I was so proud of our upper school students for being the hands and feet of Christ as they entertained and interacted with these precious children. Most of the children there are battling severe disabilities that we cannot even begin to comprehend. Many have undergone multiple surgeries and have spent months in the hospital. What a blessing it was to see the joy on their faces as they engaged with our students.”
Run on April 13, Laps for Love featured a 5K for students in Grades 3 through 8 and scaled down version for students in PK-3 through 2nd; despite the completion of the construction project in February, Farr was on hand to speak with students to kick off the event. He challenged students to count their blessings and remember those who cannot interact and communicate without significant challenges. “We are so honored to have been chosen as the beneficiary of the Legacy Christian Academy Laps of Love event this year. The 600+ students who participated in the event ran with such joy and passion as they made a difference for other children in their community. The money raised through Laps of Love will impact the thousands of patients we treat at Scottish Rite Hospital,” reflected Christy Liles, Director of Special Events. “The amount of support our hospital has received from the Legacy students, families, and staff has been incredible and we look forward to a continued partnership for years to come!”Click here to see the photo album!
Legacy Christian Academy is Frisco's only Pre-K through 12 Christian school committed to educating students in a college preparatory environment balanced in academics, athletics, and fine arts–all within the context of a biblical worldview. For more information on Legacy, visit our admissions page.