Parochial schools start new year

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By Kacie Goode

As the kids gathered in the entryway Wednesday morning, Ed Hardin started the day with a prayer. With the preschool and kindergarten students allotted a few minutes to visit their new classrooms, put away their backpacks and say goodbye to their parents, the school then joined together upstairs for morning announcements, pledges to the Christian and American flags, and a message.


Hardin is new in his principal role this year at Bluegrass Christian Academy, a private school on Springfield Road that serves preschool through eighth grade. This year’s enrollment was at 63.

One way the school planned to help students “consider others” was by implementing a mentorship approach, with older students interacting with younger ones and serving as role models throughout the school year.

Hardin said the desire was for BCA students and staff to attend each day with a Philippians 2:3-4 mentality.

“Are you serving others? Are you considering others before self?” He asked the students.

As BCA started off its new school year, so did several other parochial schools in the area, including St. Joseph School, St. Gregory and Bethlehem High. A few more schools in the area started later in the week. Nelson County Schools students return next week.