Trinity hosts public open house

REED CITY — For some parents, deciding which school is the best for their children can be a difficult task. On Sunday, staff at Trinity Lutheran School were on hand during an open house for families interested in learning more about education outside of public schools.

The event presented the opportunity for parents and children to meet school staff, see the classrooms, learn about Trinity’s curriculum and discover the benefits of attending a private institution. A video also was shown with students saying what they loved about attending Trinity and what things they learn each day.

Hersey Township residents Courtney and Mike Deline attended the open house with their 3-year-old son, Josh. The couple took a tour of the building and asked questions of the staff, while Josh kept occupied playing with a toy train set, cars, trucks and tractors.

"We're just checking out different schools," Mike said. "I like Trinity pretty well."

He feels a school that takes time for hands-on learning is important when seeking the right school for Josh.

Besides welcoming potentially new families, staff greeted returning parents with new children of school age.

Reed City mother Jessica Frederick attended the event to enroll her 3-year-old daughter, Nellie, into preschool. Frederick's other daughter, Taylor, 8, already attends Trinity.

"I feel like it's important to have a Christ-centered education and it's a really family-oriented place," Frederick said about why she wants her children to attend Trinity. "We have a history here, too. My husband and his siblings went here, we were married here and my girls were baptized here."

As a mom, she enjoys seeing the older students help the younger children and believes the small class sizes are beneficial for her daughters.

"I feel the teachers here are so well educated and they try to teach in a fun way," Frederick said. "They're very qualified."

Families who enroll their children at Trinity do not have to be a member of the church. The school also offers income-based financial assistance and other options for families who need help paying the annual tuition. Enrollment is open for 3-year-old preschool through eighth grade for the 2015-16 school year.

The school is located at 19778 U.S. 10 just east of Reed City. For more information about Trinity Lutheran School, call (231) 832-5186 or visit trinitylutheran-rc.org.