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Deployments and Homecomings

With more than twenty-one years of working in education, and twenty-one homecoming weeks under my belt, I consider myself something of a homecoming week expert. Homecoming weeks always consist of crazy, creative outfits, students stressed out about parade floats and dance dates (not always in that order), and teachers trying to maintain order and keep the academic progress moving forward amidst the chaos. Homecoming weeks are fun and exhausting, as they offer a welcome break from the routine while simultaneously reminding us of the benefits of the routine.

Today, I experienced my second favorite homecoming memory, as our lower campus neighbor, Hope Community Church, hosted a special service to honor and pray over members of the 449th Theater Aviation Brigade and the 2-130th Aviation Operations Battalion who are deploying to Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Spartan Shield and Operation Inherent Resolve. As the soldiers and their families arrived, they were greeted by over 400 flag-waving, cheering GRACE students and staff members decked out in as much red, white, and blue as possible. In a week filled with debates over the meaning of patriotism and symbolic speech, it was incredibly powerful to see the staff and students demonstrate their support of our servicemen and servicewomen. The soldiers shared hugs and high-fives, took selfies, and thanked our students for their support. Soldiers and staff members alike shed tears as we thanked them for serving our nation. The soldiers concluded their time with the students by marching in formation between the rows of GRACE students before entering the church for the formal service.

There is a certain irony in that these servicemen and servicewomen came onto our campus in preparation for their deployment as we celebrate our school’s homecoming week. As they prepare to leave their homes and families, we are eagerly anticipating the return of GRACE alumni for our parade, football game and other weekend activities. Please join me in praying for not only these, but all of our servicemen and servicewomen throughout the world (including class of 2010 GRACE alumni Kenny Yacynych, currently serving in Afghanistan, pictured) who place themselves in harm’s way so that we may enjoy the freedoms for which so many have fought and died before them. Please pray that God would watch over and protect them so that in the not too distant future, they can enjoy a blessed homecoming of their own with their loved ones.

In case you were wondering, my all-time favorite homecoming week memory is easy to pick and will never be topped. In 2009, the date of the homecoming dance fell on the same day as my wife’s due date with our youngest child. Amy, always a trooper, chaperoned the dance with me, staying at the venue until the last student left. About eight hours later, she gave birth to Audrey. I had not thought about it until now, but maybe that is why Audrey always wants to go all out when it comes to dressing up for homecoming.

Blessings, Eric Bradley

GRACE Business Directory

The GRACE community is comprised of many individuals that are business owners in our local community. We encourage you to use the GRACE Family Owned Business Directory support these businesses when you have needs that can be met by their company. By supporting the GRACE community, we support our school.

If you are a GRACE parent or grandparent who owns your own business and would like to be included in a future version of the directory, please fill out the GRACE Business Directory Form.  If you have questions about the directory, please contact Cathy Cole in the Upper Campus office.

Additionally, GRACE appreciates the support of the following local businesses who have partner with us and contribute to the success of many of our special events. We encourage the GRACE family to choose our business partners when you have a need for their products/services. See Business Partner Program for more information. To sign up as a business partner, complete the Business Partner Commitment Form.

Thank You Golden Eagle Sponsors

Dr. Kelly Ritter Orthodontics

CBS Roofing

Heartridge Builders

The Marks Team Real Estate

Hendrick Cary Auto Mall

Dr. C. Ashley Mann, DDS

Ritter Garden Design

Stephanie Hudson – MEI-Travel

Benefits of a Golden Eagle Partnership include:

  • Aluminum Sign on gymnasium wall*
  • Quarter Page Color Ad in GRACE Yearbook
  • Shout-Out at a home basketball game
  • Banner on Soccer/Football fence**
  • Eagles Club Family Membership (free admittance to games)
  • Full Page Color Ad in Fine Arts Playbill (2 shows per year)
  • Logo/Company Name on Hoops For Hope t-shirt
  • Recognition at the Celebrate GRACE Fundraising Dinner
  • Company Name (clickable to your website) on the GRACE website & promoted in the school newsletter during the year

Thank You Silver Eagle Sponsors

Apex Wings

The Guys Place, A Hair Salon for Men

Benefits of a Silver Eagle Partnership include:

  • Banner on Soccer/Football fence**
  • Eagles Club Family Membership (free admittance to games)
  • Quarter Page Color Ad in Fine Arts Playbill (2 shows per year)
  • Logo/Company Name on Hoops For Hope t-shirt
  • Recognition at the Celebrate GRACE Fundraising Dinner
  • Company Name (clickable to your website) on the GRACE website & promoted in the school newsletter during the year

Thank You Bronze Eagle Sponsors

Triangle GoPlaySave

Ancora Counseling Center

Benefits of a Bronze Eagle Partnership include:

  • Logo/Company Name on Hoops For Hope t-shirt
  • Recognition at the Celebrate GRACE Fundraising Dinner
  • Company Name (clickable to your website) on the GRACE website & promoted in the school newsletter during the year

Be a Part of the 2017-2018 PTF

PTF is gearing up for the 2017-2018 school year with lots of great activities and opportunities for fellowship and service.  We would love to have you as a part of our GRACE PTF team.  If you would like to volunteer with this amazing group of dedicated individuals please come help with one of our existing committees listed here.  We are also in need of people to fill the chairperson roles for the following positions:

  • Upper Campus Vice President
  • Upper Campus Grade Level Parents (2)
  • Program Coordinator
  • Hospitality Committee (2)
  • Family Fellowship-Lower Campus

Your gifts and talents would be a blessing to PTF and to our School community.  Please feel free to contact Renee Drumgo at or (919) 665-7691 for additional details or to volunteer.  Thank you.

2017 Homecoming Planning Meeting

Homecoming festivities will be held the week of September 25th-30th, include many events, and require many volunteers.

If you are interested in being a part of next fall’s homecoming activities, please attend a Homecoming Planning Meeting on Thursday, May 18th from 1:30-2:30pm in the Walker Conference Room on the 1101 Buck Jones Road Campus.

Talon Elite & Coaches Dinner

On April 5th, the GRACE Athletic Department and the Eagles Club hosted a Coaches Appreciation & Talon Elite Members dinner. Dinner included special“Talon Elite” appetizers provided by GRACE’s tailgate king, Jay Davis. Guests enjoyed keynote speaker Chris Corchiani (former NBA and NC State basketball player), a recognition of the GRACE coaches, and the Oreo cooking challenge (which was won by middle school country coach Jason Tischer). 

Hoops for Hope is Here!

Already Raised $5000!

Thanks to the 152 families that pre-ordered their Play4Kay / Hoops for Hope tickets online, we already raised over $5,000 for this year’s event; Combined with the $43,500 already raised over the last 9 years, we are well on the way to our goal of topping the $50,000 mark for GRACE’s total contribution to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.

Ticket Sales

Tickets will be available for purchase online through 9pm February 2nd for $7.50 each and at the door on February 3rd (4-9pm) for $10.00 (cash/checks only).  Please note that we will use the main entrance to the school building for this event. Student who need a ride from Crossroads Campus after school will need to catch the shuttle by 3:30pm.

The fun starts at 4:00pm with the junior varsity boys basketball game. The girls take the court at 5:30pm and the varsity boys team will play at 7:00pm. Events are planned for all three half-times as well as the time in-between games.

Event T-Shirts

If you ordered your tickets before January 8th, your event t-shirts were sent home with your student. Please wear those shirts tomorrow as they will act as your “fast pass” to bypass the admissions table and enter the gym tomorrow night.

If you purchased your tickets online after January 8th, your name will be on a list at the admissions table; stop there first to get your hand stamped for entry and re-entry into the gym. 

Food & Fun

There will be amazing cakes to bid on in a silent auction and our basketball parents have donated delicious baked goods for purchase at the game.  Starbucks coffee will be there and there will also be a raffle where you can win free waffles for a week, month or year from the Waffle House! Raffle tickets can be purchased in the main lobby and at the bake sale table. Eagles Club will have a fully stocked concession stand for you as well.

Duct Tape A Teacher to a Wall

We are looking forward to duct taping a teacher (or two) to a wall tomorrow night. Donations jars are at the main lobby of the TK-6 campus and in the lunchroom at the 1101 campus or you can donate online at If each of the 780 GRACE students donated $2.56, we would raise $2000 from our duct tape campaign! 

Live Streaming

We are looking forward to a great evening of fun, fellowship and fundraising for a great cause. If you cannot make tomorrow’s event, our Stream Team has you covered – tune in online at at Online donations will be accepted through the end of the event on Friday night. 


Students, don’t forget Friday is a PINK OUT on both campuses! If you don’t have a pink event shirt for this year, wear any pink shirt or a Hoops for Hope t-shirt from one of our prior events!

Duct Tape a Teacher to a Wall

This year, as part of our Play4Kay / Hoops for Hope charity fundraiser for cancer, five of our staff are willing to be duct-taped to a wall!

In order for one or more of them to have this experience, we need your duct tape donations – $1 will purchase one foot of duct tape. Mr. Bell (6th grade History & Bible) will be duct taped at the JV game if $750 is reached or surpassed. After the Varsity Girls game, based on the level reached (see below), there will be one additional duct taping event. Donation jars coming soon!

  • $1,000 – Mr. Pibl, AP History
  • $1,250 – Mr. Bookman, 8th/11th Grade History
  • $2,000 – Mr. Jenkins*, College Counseling, MS/HS PE (*will include Mr. Servi)