OUR TIME: Tim Cameron, headmaster of Metro Christian Academy and Dr. Wanda Hartman, honorary chair of the “Our Time??? Capital Campaign, stand beside the campaign thermometer measuring their success during the silent phase of the 25th Anniversary Campaign.
Courtesy Metro Christian Academy
Metro Christian Academy launched its 25th Anniversary “Our Time” capital campaign with an exciting campaign announcement and words of encouragement from Paul Thompson, former University of Oklahoma quarterback.
At the campaign kickoff celebration on Feb. 18, Tim Cameron, headmaster of Metro, announced the school has already secured $3.4 million in gifts and pledges during the silent phase of the campaign, which is over half way to its goal of $6.75 million.
“We are extremely grateful for all of the support we have received thus far,” says Cameron. “It strongly and clearly suggests that our mission to educate young men and women in a Christian environment is important to our community.”
One-time University of Oklahoma quarterback Paul Thompson served as the featured speaker at the kickoff celebration. He spoke to the gathering about the importance of teamwork in achieving goals.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s a football team, a business, a church or a school, an organization needs to work together to accomplish its goals,” Thompson told the audience. “It looks like Metro Christian Academy has done a good job of working together in this campaign.”
The campaign theme, “Our Time,” was chosen to emphasize the importance of this generation’s role in securing the continued growth and success of Metro Christian Academy.
“I feel the name represents the focus of our efforts,” Cameron says. “We have put off much needed improvements for too long. It is time to do it. It is time to do it for our children; it is time to do it for the future.”
The “Our Time” campaign is an aggressive $6.75 million fundraising effort to add classrooms, a multi-purpose lunchroom/ gymnasium, a track and field complex and complete numerous capital maintenance projects. The campaign also includes a $500,000 component for the endowments.
Honorary Chairs for the campaign include Hans and Lea Helmerich, Dr. Wanda Hartman and former Congressman Steve Largent. The General Chairs include Kevin and Debbie Brown, Jack and Lisa Charvat and Robert and Carrie Zoellner. The campaign Steering Committee consists of: Tim and Cathy Carney; Darryl and Julie Christner; John and Alene Davis; Gentner and Catherine Drummond; Clayton and Gina Hughes; Glenn and Renee Lanoue; Robert and Leslie Mattax; Mike and Mary Anne Pierce; Matt and Renee Pride; Bob and Kay Skaggs; Derek and Jennifer Smith; Sid and April Smith; and Mark and Kristin Tedford.
Metro Christian Academy is located on the original Mason High School campus. The school opened in the former Mason facility in the fall of 1983. After renting the campus for more than a decade, Metro Christian Academy purchased the facility from Tulsa Public Schools in 1996. Since the purchase, Metro has made numerous improvements, but the 25th anniversary campaign is the most ambitious. The $6.75 million campaign will position the school to meet the increasing demands of educating today’s student. The proceeds will fund facilities that will provide the space needed for new and enhanced programs.