Church Stepped Up During Pandemic

Sept. 16, 2020

Editor, The News-Gazette:

For many years, Shenandoah Preschool has been housed in and sponsored by Trinity United Methodist Church on Main Street in Lexington. The teachers and staff have always felt supported and cared for by this church, but this year we are overwhelmed with gratitude. Let us explain.

With the knowledge that the coronavirus is still a serious concern for schools, over the summer months, church members, pastored by Pastor Joe Calllies, took up an offering for our school so that we could purchase various supplies to be able to open our doors safely this month. These supplies include touchless hand sanitizers and soap dispensers, air purifiers for each classroom, materials to add to and create new play stations on our playground, hand sanitizer, and wipes.

Also, TUMC’s Twilight Circle, led by Ruth Kitchen, mapped out and created an entirely new play area behind the church so that the children can be outdoors more than twice the amount of time they have in past years. The Twilight Circle also oversaw the donation and installation of stump stepping stones (donated by Lee Smith) and tires to add to our playground.

We are so grateful to TUMC and to its members for their huge investment in our school, our children, and our community!

REBECCA SAUNDERS

Director, Shenandoah Preschool

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