STEM Classroom Dedicated
Mount Pisgah Academy (MPA) dedicated their brand-new Louie Parra STEM Laboratory on April 2, 2021. Several years ago, Louie Parra, Adam Littell, and Ed Pelto created the vision for a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) class at MPA. It was soon determined that a dedicated space would be required to properly educate young people for God’s service through STEM. Waller Hall was chosen as the preferred location, and the old, under-utilized area was turned into a bright, usable, highly functional space. During the last two years, a team of volunteers from the community, and MPA’s faculty, have worked to make this space a reality. Lucy Hall, MPA’s development director, requested funds from a variety of organizations through grants. The Versacare grant was matched by two donations, one from the JoAnn Cross-Coon Foundation for $5,000, and the second from the Carolina Conference, who donated another $5,000, amounting to $20,000 total to help MPA start this journey.
MPA was thankful to have Leslie Louie, Rick Russell, Gary Moyer, Chad Grundy, and Gary Rouse in attendance during their dedication. Louie provided a beautiful, dedicative prayer for the room, praying that it would be used for God’s glory. Rouse also spoke to the importance of providing excellent education for students.
Today, the new STEM laboratory is fully equipped with computers for coding, robotics equipment, two 3-D printers, soldering equipment, and more. In creating this facility, no one worked harder than Louie Parra and his wife, Nancy. MPA wants to give special recognition to this incredible couple who arrived on campus 23 years ago, and continue to be positive Christian role models for students, while also helping with a variety of improvement projects. Therefore, in recognition for their hard work, the new classroom has been named the Louie Parra STEM Laboratory. The MPA family encourages you to visit the campus and see the new classroom in person.
Carolina | June 2021