When the Community Christian School board approved the addition of a pre-K classroom for the 2019-20 school year, the faculty, staff, and volunteers knew that they were in for a very busy summer in Meridian, Miss. And, a busy summer it was! First, they needed to find a locally-funded, part-time teacher. Next, while space wasn’t an issue, the 30×30 classroom needed some minor carpentry and renovation. Finally, there was the task of outfitting and decorating the classroom with all the fun stuff that makes for a great pre-K experience.
Throughout the spring and summer, the Meridian Community Church joined the effort as super prayer warriors, with the pre-K classroom at the top of the prayer list. Marie Harmel, school administrator, reflects on the experience, “The room is adorable, and so are the students! Our heavenly Father opened the windows of Heaven and met all our needs.” Indeed, the program is off to an excellent start with six eager students enrolled. One of those students enthusiastically proclaimed, “I don’t want to go home. I love it here.” Ginny Perez, teacher, is doing an excellent job, and she’s looking forward to God’s continued blessings as this ministry begins to impact Meridian. She states, “I am excited to spend each day with these happy, energetic students whose laughter is so contagious.”
In addition to Harmel, the leadership team of the school includes Joy McElroy, board chairperson; Samuel Riemersma, pastor; and Michelle Seth, principal/teacher.
Gulf States | January 2020