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Faith Lutheran Church of Sturtevant welcomed special guests Sunday for the groundbreaking of their new addition to Concordia Lutheran School on Durand Avenue.

The new space will fit eight new classrooms and a basement with an elevator for offices and multi-purpose rooms for art and music.

Completion is expected in time for the 2015-2016 school year.

“This addition will assist us in bringing God’s Word and academic excellence to the children of the Racine/Sturtevant Community,” a note on the church’s Facebook page reads. “The rain held off and the dirt was soft for the ground breaking ceremony.”

Church officials set up a page to help raise $140,000 of the $1.4 million needed to complete the project.

“Please join us in solving our problem of an overcrowded school as we expand our building, and expand our outreach to these students and families. ¬†Your donation will assist us in ensuring the lifelong success of our current and future scholars,” the page reads.

In the photo: Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Rep. Robin Vos, Rev. Jeff Mortenson, Faith Chairman Damian Gouff, Principal Jeannine Klein, 21st Senate District Sen. Van Wanggaard, President Rasch Construction Jason Rasch and Vice President LCEF Diana Raasch. Photo credit: Faith Lutheran Church’s Facebook page.