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Sully Christian School past and present staff members, students, and their families joined community supporters in the 100-year celebration of providing Christian education over the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2013, with the theme “Rooted in Faith.” Even the temperature took part in the party with the mercury rising to 100 degrees on Friday, Aug. 30.

The official celebration began Friday, Aug. 30, with the school students, staff, parents, and grandparents treated by the Centennial Committee with lunch and games from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. A launch of 100 balloons (shown below) was part of Friday's celebration, along with the serving with birthday cake.

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Saturday, Aug. 31, free coffee and SCS Head Teacher Karen Hackert's famous donuts were served at the Sully Ballpark. A softball tournament was held with the Sully Christian Reformed Church team winning the league championship. Members of the team shown in the accompanying photo are: Front, Brian Ochsner, Samantha Collins, Jodi De Vries, and Landon Van Zante; back row, Duane Collins, Jason Lowry, Eric Fynaardt, Randy De Vries, Matt Van Maanen, Kevin Van Maanen, and Alex Van Wyngarden. The inflatable water slide with spraying water was a popular game for the kids, along with snow cones, cotton candy, and kettlecorn. Lunch was available at the concession stand, served by Angels in Aprons.

Sunday, Sept. 1, at 9:30 a.m., a celebration worship service was held in the Sully Christian School gym with alum Todd Zylstra leading the service.

School tours were given throughout the weekend and in the prize drawing, Tim Collins won an iPad.

Saturday night, a banquet and program was held with Dordt College President Emeritus Dr. Carl Zylstra as the featured speaker and Country Catering serving the meal. Zylstra's grandfather was on the original board that founded SCS.

The centennial verse “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness,” Colossians 2:6-7 expresses all the emotions of 100 years.

One hundred years ago, the founders of Sully Christian School had the desire to provide a Christian education for their children. They wanted an education for their children based on the word of God so that those strong roots of Christian faith would provide the foundation to live in Him, being strengthened in the faith. They stepped forward in faith so that their children could be taught in the Christian faith.

It is with overflowing thankfulness that friends and alumni look forward to celebrating those 100 years.

A “Centennial Book” is still available for $7.50 and can be purchased at the school.

The School Centennial Committee thanks everyone involved for the joyous celebration of thanking God for 100 years of faithfulness.

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