Students Receive Glimpse of Postive Future from Alum James Reinart '95

It's not too often we get an opportunity to look into the future and imagine what life will be like. When James Reinart '95 returned to campus this past week to visit, he gave current students the chance to see what lies ahead for them after graduation from Grand River.

James, his wife Kristy, and his two young children Sunny and Oscar, came to Austinburg this past Wednesday anticipating an afternoon of memories and received what they came looking for. Director of Advancement Kristen Kitchen and Dean Thomas, who was James' mentor here on campus as a student, showed the family some of James' old stomping grounds. Spots like the soccer field, his dorm room, and of course the gym were must-sees on the tour.

Much has changed since the 90's when James was a student. But, as James mentioned in his discussion with current students, our caring faculty which provided him with so many opportunities, our culture of brotherhood which created long lasting bonds of friendship, and our mission to help young men find success, has continued through the years and is as strong as ever.

It was truly heartwarming seeing our students engage with James and one could see the respect and admiration they had for him as he shared his past struggling through middle school until he attended Grand River in 1992. I think it is vital to have consistent reminders of where our students will be in 5, 10, or in James' case, 20 years, and how their life has been changed from their time on campus.

We are so thankful for the time James took to visit campus and speak with current students! If you would be interested in coming to see our updates and speak with our guys, please send me an email and we will be more than excited to welcome you back! As always, I welcome the opportunity to speak with any alum or friend of Grand River Academy! Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..