Dear friends and supporters,
After 40 years serving the Mokena community, it is with great sorrow that the St. John’s Christian Preschool Board has decided that we will not be opening our preschool for the 2020-2021 school year. At this time we do not have enough enrollments for next year to remain open and fiscally responsible. Our low enrollment is made more complicated with state and nationwide shutdowns for the foreseeable future making it near impossible to adequately recruit new students.
Over the past decade, we have seen our enrollments slowly dwindle but we were always able to balance our finances by supplementing our tuition income with fundraisers. Our church and community have been exceedingly generous donating their volunteer time, talents, and money to pancake breakfasts, craft shows, Santa visits, holiday pictures for the preschool, working for free in the classrooms when we needed an extra hand, playing piano for our programs, and wherever else we needed you. Your support has been overwhelming and is the reason we have been able to provide a quality Christian education to our community these last few years. Our board, staff, and preschool families thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.
We want to thank our director Alicia Peiffer and teachers Chris Maluta and Martha Guisinger for their hard work over this past year and years - especially during the uncertainty with our school being shut down the last two months of the year due to the COVID19 Pandemic.
We know this ending feels uncertain and many of us are not getting the closure we would like to have because of COVID19. We won’t be able to celebrate the life of the preschool the way we would have wanted to, there will be no hugs, and there will be no adequate goodbyes for the foreseeable future. This is heartbreaking for many of us and we hope that our community will take some time to share their preschool memories with our staff, board, and preschool families over the next few months however they can, including here on social media.
Thank you again Mokena for 40 years of unfailing support. We couldn’t have touched the lives we did over the last four decades without you.
St. John’s Christian Preschool Board