GOSHEN, Ind. – Bethany Christian Schools, Goshen, announces the completion of a $390,000 challenge grant from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. The grant challenge was approved by the Foundation in April, 2019, with one year given Bethany to raise the matching funds.  

Bethany’s Great Strides capital campaign is a $2.25 million project to build a track and upgrade the accessibility and safety of the athletic complex. The community foundation grant will also allow Bethany to accommodate an extension of the Winona Trail, a City of Goshen bicycle and pedestrian path. The new extension will unite Winchester Trails, Prairie View Elementary School, Waterford Crossing, and area neighborhoods. Bethany Christian Schools will become a trailhead, offering parking for public access to the trail.

Last April, Mayor of Goshen Jeremy Stutsman said in regards to the grant, “By partnering with Bethany Christian Schools, with the support of the Community Foundation, on this project we are saving the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in finding an alternate route and creating a new crossing. This is truly a ‘Good of Goshen’ project.” 

Head of School Tim Lehman said the school hopes to maintain its construction timeline as much as possible in spite of delays related to social distancing.

“We have been blessed with a community that cares deeply about the spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing of our students, and are excited about an outdoor athletic campus that is not only visually appealing but safe and accessible to all fans,” said Head of School Tim Lehman.

For more information on the Great Strides Capital Campaign visit bethanycs.net/capital-campaign.

Community Foundation of Elkhart County partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives. Since 1989, the Community Foundation has opened doors by helping generous donors to meet community needs, providing scholarship opportunities to local students and making grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve Elkhart County. The Community Foundation strives to be a local entity known for inspiring good and impacting success. To learn more, go to www.InspiringGood.org.