School celebrates 40 years of Christian education


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Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Zion Lutheran School kindergarten teacher Janeen Keinath leads class last week at the school. The school is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. When the school began it was a single kindergarten classroom and has since grown to offer preschool and full-day kindergarten classes.


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Zion Lutheran School kindergarten teacher Janeen Keinath leads class last week at the school located in the Zion Lutheran Church. The school is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. When the school started it was a single kindergarten class that held half-day classes. Now it is an early education center offering preschool and full-day kindergarten.


In the early 1970s, a growing number of Christian families in Jackson County wanted to send their children to kindergarten.

Immanuel Lutheran School in Seymour offered a solid, faith-based education but only served students in first through eighth grades. Many parents and other adults believed younger children needed an early start to academics while also receiving religious instruction.

“We felt there was a strong need to start a Christian, Lutheran kindergarten,” said Darlene Cooley, a member of Zion Lutheran Church.

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