Veteran Valley Falls teachers open Grace Christian School
by Clarke Davis
Grace Christian School will start classes Aug. 29, housed in the Rock Creek Bible Church north of Meriden.
The school directors expect an enrollment of nine students in kindergarten through eighth grade and are hoping to have more.
Taught by two veteran teachers, Ann Conser and Lyndia Uhner, the school will soon be in its third year.
Conser taught 35 years in the public school system and Uhner taught for 39 1/2 years. Both retired from Valley Falls and both have grandchildren at Grace Christian.
Conser teaches the older students while Uhner has the youngest.
They describe the classroom as similar to the one-room country school, but no different than the careers they have both left.
“We teach just like always,” said Conser.
The big differences include one hour of religious instruction each day, prayer in school, and a four-day week. The curriculum comes from the Bob Jones University.
Alyse Stewart, Valley Falls, provides music instruction and a sheriff’s deputy brings the DARE program to the school.
Desireé Broxterman is president of the school board and states that the school is non-denominational. Space is rented in the Rock Creek church but the school is not affiliated with the church.
School is held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and one Friday a month is spent on an educational field trip. It’s equipped with two computers to teach keyboarding along with a math program.
To raise funds, the school holds a golf tournament and operates a concession stand at auctions, but the most unique event held last January was a mini-antique road show.
The school raised over $1,000 charging people $5 for a fair-market appraisal on various items.
Conser’s public school students will recall her devotion to training companion dogs for the handicapped and her love for the Iditarod. Grace Christian children take a trip to Casper, Wyo., in February for the charity dog sled races there.
They follow the Oregon Trail and spend time at the Special Needs School operated by the Association for Retarded Citizens.
The other board members are Andy Conser, vice president, Jan Post, John Coleman, Kirk Knapp, Shauna Allen, and Duane Simon.
A parent can apply by filling out an application available by calling Andy Conser at 785-806-6921. Tuition runs $3,000 a year for one child and about $4,800 for two.
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