Yukon’s Patriots Making History

Southwest Covenant to host ground-breaking for new high school

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Next Wednesday will be an historic day for a Yukon school whose mission is to educate and equip students to influence the world of Christ.

The growth of Southwest Covenant Schools, 2298 S Yukon Parkway, has been well chronicled in recent years.

Student enrollment climbed by 13 at the start of the 2019-20 school year and is approaching 500. And the size of the Patriots’ graduating class has steadily increased.

This growth has prompted school leaders to prepare for a major expansion.

At 2 p.m. March 11, Southwest Covenant students, staff and parents will participate in an official groundbreaking for a new high school. The construction site is directly east of their secondary site on the south side of N.W. 23rd.

The new high school building and athletic facilities are made possible through an $8.2 million capital campaign.

Fund-raising is complete, and it is estimated that construction will take 14 to 18 months.

Also well chronicled is recent years have been tragic events that impacted the Southwest Covenant family. The losses of two recent graduates in a traffic collision and of another current student on the football field have made these Patriots stronger.

Southwest Covenant’s Christian private school was founded in 1982 on the Covenant Community Church campus. For nearly four decades, Southwest Covenant has emphasized discipleship training for children of families desiring a Christ-centered academic program.

With students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, Southwest Covenant Schools is accredited by Christian Schools International.

We at your Yukon Progress are proud to cover these Patriots and their accomplishments both on the athletic field and in the classroom.

Thanks to Headmaster Steve Lessman, Director of Development Patti Betts and the rest of Southwest Covenant’s leadership for promoting your school and keeping the public updated!

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Speaking of an historic occasion, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity next week will dedicate its 1,000th home.

For several decades, this nonprofit, Christian housing ministry has built new (and quality) affordable homes for hard-working families. Habitat’s vision is “A world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to live.”

The 1,000th Central Oklahoma Habitat home will be dedicated at 12:30 p.m. next Monday, March 9 in the Legacy Estates addition on N.W. 74th (off Council) in Oklahoma City.

Gov. Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and other dignitaries will attend to participate in this milestone event.

A new build in Canadian County is coming up soon to benefit the family of a woman who lost her leg in the El Reno tornado last spring.

Yukon previously hosted Habitat builds – including several one-week “blitz builds” a couple decades ago that were truly community participation events.

Central Oklahoma Habitat returned to Yukon in the early 2010s to build some new homes in the Wagner Lakes development.

Yukon High School graduate Aaron McRee has been Central Oklahoma Habitat’s construction manager for the past 23 years. At that time, fewer than 50 homes had been dedicated in central Oklahoma.

Aaron has helped coordinate efforts of volunteers, contractors and suppliers to ensure each new home is both cost-efficient and well-built.

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SEEN WITH MY OWN EYES: Canadian County Commissioner Jack Stewart, who’s supposed to be on a diet, devouring two FREE hot dogs at an Oklahoma City Thunder season ticket-holder event at the Chesapeake Arena. Also seen at the same event was “Mr. A” Darryl Andrews, the legendary Yukon High School teacher who was making balloon animals for a long line of kids.

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For the first time this year, people in my neighborhood have started mowing their lawn – which often involves removing a lot of dead grass! It’s hard to believe that lawn mowing season is just around the corner, and some people are getting an early start.

The City of Yukon provides an excellent service for its utility customers.

Now through March 20, the city’s sanitation crews will be picking up leaf and grass bags left at the curb.

For several years, Yukon has offered this spring leaf and yard bag collection service. Although spring technically doesn’t start until March 21, it’s never too early to scalp your yard and clean up leaves and other debris.

When I scalped a yard at the end of the lawn mowing season last fall, I took nearly 25 bags of grass off the top.