Hilton Head Christian Academy restores original school bell

No one at Hilton Head Christian Academy today has heard the ringing of the school’s original bell.

No one even knows when it stopped ringing.

But on Monday, with the bell’s restoration complete, it will be heard once again. Thanks to Dick Sanders, a longtime teacher and caretaker of the school, the bell will once again ring every morning at 7:55 a.m.

A ceremonial bell-ringing and ice cream party to kick off the new school year is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The bell first came to the school in 1989, when Konrad Marcus and Robert Graves were finishing building the new Hilton Head Christian Academy building on Gardner Drive. In a Savannah parts store, the pair found an old school bell that had been made on Tybee Island, according to an academy news release.

Marcus and Graves also found a welder to make a belfry for the school, which was still under construction.

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