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Paiges´ dynamite Christian school

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 Charles Wilson with his second and third graders, out for recess in their custom TNT Academy jackets. Photo by Niko DemetriouCharles Wilson gets a few hugs from his “champions” as they pass in the halls, walls decorated with the children’s artwork. Photo by Niko Demetriou

PAIGE — A short bus ride away from downtown Elgin lies TNT Academy, a private Pre-K through 12th grade state-accredited Christian school that recently lost its leader and founder to cancer. Pamela Barnett, who passed April 24, 2023, was an avid gymnastics coach who transformed her program into a blossoming academy. What started as a small school in Austin moved to Paige in 2021, where its teachings and student base has continued to grow.Before her cancer, Barnett was introduced to Charles Wilson, an Elginite and education professional of 25 years who took the reigns as administrator and athletics director, continuing her ...

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