We know teachers everywhere are taking an even greater hit now... Private school teachers in particular. They are not able to receive the same funding as many of our local public schools are fortunate enough to get… Which means they’re going to need as much help and support as possible within these next few months.
Because of this pandemic, and the devastating effects it’s creating, The RISE is committed now more than ever to our community....
First Church of God Preschool (FCOG) is a small, local preschool in St. Joseph that provides a safe and caring environment for kids ages 3-6… Their mission and purpose is to establish a climate of acceptance, love, trust, and discipline with programs and enrichment where young children can experience growth safely and comfortably... And it’s time for us to pay it forward and give back what they’ve given to us and our families.
As a former student, and now as parents of children attending FCOG, we take this extremely seriously and personally... We cannot verbally express how much these people mean to our family on. personal level... We can’t fully express how GRATEFUL we are for these human beings, and the love they have shown and so FREELY GIVEN not just to our children, but to every child that’s ever come through their door... This woman, one of many amazing staff members at FCOG, is crying in the video due to our son’s progress during his battle with autism is evidence of this.
We receive weekly updates regarding COVID-19, and what it means for First Church of God Preschool’s status, and last week, we received an email from the Director with the following paragraph: “...We also are committed to our outstanding teaching staff. If we do not return in April, we will continue to pay our teachers and staff. Our staff is not eligible to collect unemployment, due to our religious/non-profit status. In order to make payroll for April, the Preschool will use funds from our fund equity account. This, unfortunately, will not cover payroll should we have to close through May. In the event that we are closed in May our staff will not be paid.” (More in comments)