Celebrating 60 Years of NBRC Preschool
By Jennifer Landrieu, Director
The North Branch Reformed Church Preschool celebrates its 60th Anniversary this year!
The Preschool was started by Carolyn Zeek, with help from Jodie VanderVeer, in 1956 with a vision that this new program would benefit both the child and the family in a loving, Christian atmosphere. The first class had only twelve children and they played in the pastor’s backyard!
Fast forward 60 years and you’ll find a staff of 16, 110 students, an education building with 7 classrooms, and an 18,000 square foot state-of-the-art playground!
While we have a new president every four or eight years in the USA, there have only been five Directors in the Preschool’s 60 years, including:
- 1956-1962 Carolyn Zeek (6 years)
- 1962-1973 Glenna McKnight (11 years)
- 1973-1988 Carolyn Zeek (returned for another 15 years)
- 1988-2001 Gail Burgess (13 years)
- 2001-2008 Kate Sarles (7 years)
- 2008- Present Jennifer Landrieu (8 years… and counting!)
Many thousands of Preschoolers have come through our doors in the last 60 years and filled our rooms with their joy. We’re so thankful for the opportunity to reach so many young families and pray that God will bless our future years.
Help Us Celebrate with a Mr. Ray Concert!
In celebration of our 60th Anniversary, the Preschool is hosting a Mr. Ray Concert on Saturday, May 21st at 10am in the gym of Milltown Primary School (across the street from the Preschool).
Tickets are $5 each and currently registered students attend for FREE! To order your tickets, print this form and drop it off to the Preschool with a check made payable to NBRC Preschool.
Friends, neighbors, and family are welcome to attend!