Students have dozens of special days and events that enhance student life on the GCS campus and beyond. Our faculty and staff work hard to provide fun and meaningful opportunities to boost morale, build friendships, and develop Christian character across the student body and school community.

School Spirit

Spirit Friday

Students and Faculty get to show their Sader Spirit every Friday when our traditional dress code goes casual with GCS Spirit Wear. Students are also permitted to wear appropriate denim jeans or shorts. GCS Spirit Wear can be purchased in the school office or through the Grace Shop.

Dress Down Days

A great opportunity for fun, fashion and fundraising! Twice a month students have the option to “dress down” (or dress up!) in lue of wearing their uniform. Student Handbook Dress Code applies. A $3.00 fee will be charged to the student’s FACTS account if they opt to participate.

Spirit Week

Our Student Government sponsors this fun week leading up to our annual Homecoming celebrations. Each day has a different theme, allowing students to dress in costume, show spirit and have fun with their fellow classmates! (There are no dress down fees during Spirit Week.)

Homecoming

The festivities kick off with GCS basketball games, followed by our homecoming court where we crown the king and queen. The night ends with a dance and refreshments for our high school students.

Field Day

A fun-filled day of games and treats for our K through 5th grade students.

Junior-Senior Prom 

Students fundraise with Valograms to host a Junior-Senior prom each Spring. The Junior class plans a different event each year.

Guest Speakers

Weekly Chapel

GCS Students attend a special chapel service weekly for their school (elementary, middle or high school). Each week we host a different speaker ranging from national names to regional pastors and our own Grace Chapel leadership. The chapel services include praise and worship, prayer and an age-appropriate message.

Parenting Series Speakers

GCS hosts a variety of speakers on the various areas of parenting in today’s culture from a Christian viewpoint. With a biblical stance, this series helps equip our parents to raise up a generation of world changers. Speakers may be hosted on campus and/or virtually and sessions may be offered to the public at no cost.

Charitable & Kind Works

Senior Mission Trip

Our senior class gets to be the hands and feet of Jesus outside of the walls of our campus and community on a week-long mission trip during the spring semester. Previous trips include both international and domestic trips. Mission trips are typically planned at least a year in advance and students participate in fundraising to help cover the costs.

Bumper Crop

Every Fall just prior to Thanksgiving, students participate in Bumper Crop, a food ministry sponsored by Grace Chapel. Students can donate food goods and help in packing food bags for those in need in the Sanford community.

Love Week

Early Spring, students can participate in Love Week. Sponsored by Grace Chapel, Love Week Students provides opportunities big and small to spread the love of Jesus in the Sanford community. Our staff finds the age-appropriate ways GCS students can experience what it means to put others first and love like Jesus.

Pastor Appreciation 

GCS students show appreciation and gratitude for the many churches and pastors represented in our student body through letters and hand-made gifts.

School Events

Book Fair

Our Welcome Center is transformed into a Book Fair once each year where students and families can shop and stock up on a variety of books for students of all ages! Can’t make it? Items can be previewed online and students can be sent to school with a budget and shopping list. All sales are charged to the student’s FACTS account.

Grandparent’s Day

Elementary school students get to love on the special people in their lives on this day! Our staff plans something a little different each year to include a special performance, treat and quality time spent together with our honored guests. Elementary students may invite their grandparents or any other special adults.

Back-to-School Open House

Held about a week prior to the start of school, students and parents get to meet the teachers and check out the classroom following an information-packed welcome from our Headmaster and Principle. Middle and High School students get to follow their schedule, open their locker and learn the in’s and out’s of Grace so they are ready for the first day of school.

Productions & Showcases

Elementary Christmas Program

This celebration of Christmas performed by our elementary students is a guaranteed crowd pleaser! Produced by our Performing Arts department, the production includes performances by the Elementary Choir and special roles from elementary students. Our middle and high school students assist with sound, lighting and video production. The program is available for live virtual viewing and video recordings may be available for purchase.

Performing Arts Winter Production

Each winter our Performing Arts students present a full, theatrical production in celebration of the Christmas season. Past performances have included “Elf, Jr.” Performance and production roles are filled by our middle and high school students, with a handful of special roles for elementary students when a little person is needed. The program is available for live virtual viewing and video recordings may be available for purchase.

Elementary Spring Program

The Elementary Spring performances are fun and biblically based, giving students an opportunity to display their hard work in music, choir and performing arts, while learning a valuable biblical principle or life lesson. The program is available for live virtual viewing and video recordings may be available for purchase.

Performing Arts Spring Production

Our middle and high school Performing Arts students present a full, theatrical production every Spring. Past performances have included “Wizard of Oz” and “ Alice in Wonderland” with a biblical spin. As always, a few of our elementary school students could get a shot at a role as well! The program is available for live virtual viewing and video recordings may be available for purchase.

Art Showcase (Winter & Spring)

Look for a display of the artwork our students create during each semester of school. Every student in our elementary school displays piece of artwork for students, staff and family members to peruse. Our upper level artists also have an opportunity to display their work. The showcases are available for the week of our Winter and Spring performing art productions.

Fun Fundraisers

Valograms

These are a fun way to send a Valentine to a student, teacher or staff member. A variety of treats are available! Organized by the Junior Class, proceeds raised go towards the Junior/Senior prom. Fees are charged directly to the FACTS account of the giver.

Fall Festival

A GCS favorite, this annual event is a great way to kick off the school year and get geared up for Fall! With food, games, and a silent auction, there’s fun for the whole family! If you’re new to Grace, this is a great way to get to know other families, staff and the many local Sanford businesses who sponsor the event. Admission is free and wristbands for games are available for sale through the school office or on our Grace Store.

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