Restore. Rebuild. Relocate.
“As Old Troublesome Doth Glide Past Our Dear Riverside...” These are the first words to the chorus of Riverside’s school song, so beautiful and fitting. Riverside Christian School and Troublesome Creek have coexisted in relative peace and harmony for 116 years. Occasionally Troublesome Creek will live up to its name and will overflow its banks. Some may remember the floods of 1984 and 2009. Nothing could have prepared us for the flooding we would receive in 2021 and 2022.
On March 1, 2021, Riverside was hit with a flood the likes of which we had not seen in forty years. Those in the media called it a one hundred year flood. After much hard work and generous giving, we were just about completely recovered when Riverside and its surrounding area were hit with catastrophic flooding on July 28, 2022. The media called this flood a one thousand year flood. Many were caught totally by surprise which led to thirty-nine deaths in the surrounding area. Fifteen staff and volunteers had to be rescued by boat from the murky waters. The damage left behind was unbelievable and too great to describe. Once again, with much hard work and generous donations, Riverside was able to open its
doors on September 19, 2022. Recovery still continues from July’s flood and will for quite some time.
If we have learned anything through these floods, it is that God is good and faithful and that his people are giving and generous through both their time and resources. Riverside has come a long way since July but we are far from the finish line.
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We plan to Restore our campus and grounds back to its original beauty with a 3-acre community park. The North American Association of Wardens & Superintendents (NAAWS) have committed to beginning the project in 2023.
We plan to rebuild staff housing on higher ground.
We plan to relocate the school outside of the flood zone. Marie Roberts-Caney Elementary (which is only 1⁄4 mile down the road) will soon be vacated and up for sale. The school was not impacted by the recent flooding and the possibilities are endless with new, large, and safe facilities. It is time to move Riverside Christian School to higher ground! Several donors have already committed to relocation efforts and we need your help as well! You won't want to miss this opportunity to carry on the legacy of Riverside Christian school and continue the next chapter of incredible impact.