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CTA breaks ground on new soccer field

The groundbreaking on the CTA soccer field is official. Let the excavating begin! L to R: Jodi Coxon, Autumn Mattson, Dan George, Fred Gunnell, Cindy Patin. Courtesy photo.

Creative Technologies Academy, 350 Pine Street, Cedar Springs, held a ground-breaking ceremony for their new soccer field on Wednesday, May 26. 

The property is located adjacent to the west side of their campus, which has been farmland owned by Fred and Carollee Gunnel. In March of 2018, the Gunnells gifted the 10 acres to CTA.

Former Superintendent Dan George had approached the Gunnells in December 2017 to inquire if they would have any interest in selling 10 acres of their property to CTA for future development. Five days later, Mr. George received a phone call that Fred and Carollee had made the decision that they would like to donate the land to the charter school rather than sell it for a profit. Fred and Carollee Gunnell are both former educators and wanted to be able to gift the property to the school in order to provide more opportunities for the students at CTA.

Key players in bringing the soccer field vision to life are surrounded by students, staff and community members. L to R: Jodi Coxon, Autumn Mattson, Dan George, Fred Gunnell, Cindy Patin. Courtesy photo

During the ceremony, CTA students and staff were in attendance along with members of the Ferris State Charter School Office and several community members. Honored guests included Jodi Coxon, who represented the Coxon family, who are the founders of CTA; former CTA Superintendent Dan George; CTA Board President Cynthia Patin; Fred Gunnell; and current CTA Superintendent Autumn Mattson.

“Today is a very exciting day for our CTA students, staff and community, and we are grateful to Fred and Carollee for their donation,” shared Mattson. “We want to also thank Mr. George for his passion towards CTA. It has been a privilege this past year working with our CTA Board of Directors and administration to make this project not just a dream but a reality. We are excited to see our students on this soccer field and are looking forward to the opportunities this will provide to partner with our community.”

Dean’s Excavating will begin work on this project mid-summer with an estimated completion date for the fall.

CTA is a Preschool through grade 12 public charter school endorsed by Ferris State University. CTA combines small class sizes, a family atmosphere and academic rigor to create a truly successful and innovative school.

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