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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
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  • St. John's Lutheran School increased their grade levels to the eighth grade this year and it seems they're not done giving options to the community.
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  • St. John's Lutheran School increased their grade levels to the eighth grade this year and it seems they're not done giving options to the community.
    The school's preschool coordinator Dawn Koenig said a new nursery program is immediately available and they are taking children as young as 2-years-old.
    "Our teachers are all on board and they're excited about it. We have decided to offer that care starting immediately. We're going to start it right away," Koenig said. "We have so many families that have had to go back to work or need more income, and they have young children, and they need a good, safe place for them to go. We get calls all the time. Do we take infants? Do we take 2-year-olds? And we've never been able to offer this before. And we've just received state clearance and state licensing that we can do all this."
    A nursery for youngsters has come up as a possibility before, but never came to fruition. Now after the help of a new fire system to clear space, the school has the green light.
    "It wasn't as hard as they thought it was going to be. Its been a good expansion for us," Koenig said. "Just this last year we had a new fire system put in this whole building which opened up some old classrooms that we were not able to use before. We've opened up that classroom and we did add a 4-year-old classroom and expanded that program, but now have been able to add more to another classroom because of this update in codes and the fire system."
    Cost is a little more than what is offered by the school, but Koenig says its still competitive.
    "Because of the diapers and the things that are going to be involved with more care, we're charging a little bit more for that, but keep it very competitive to below what the area charges are. And we do state services too. A lot of times private schools aren't able to offer that, but we work with a state office."
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