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Greg Rathke hopes parents of soon-to-be kindergartners will look into an opportunity.

Rathke is principal of Trinity Lutheran School in Fremont.

And next week, Trinity will have a kindergarten open house from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 24 in the school at 1546 N. Luther Road in Fremont.

The event is open to any parents of children who will be going to kindergarten in the fall. Admission is free.

“We want to showcase our academic program, our committed Christian teachers and our family atmosphere,” Rathke said.

Trinity has 132 students in grades kindergarten through eighth, who attended classes at the Luther Road location.

During the open house, pre-kindergarten students will be able to take part in fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities, while school personnel meets with the children’s parents.

“We will be introducing our teachers to them,” Rathke said. “We’ll have some parent testimonials. We’ll be talking about our kindergarten program.”

Parents can learn about the STEM program led by Brett Meyer, STEM coordinator at Trinity.

Student council members will give school tours.

Rathke said the kindergarten has between 16 and 20 students.

“We have two unique things that we can offer,” Rathke said. “First of all, we can intentionally share the love of Jesus to our students and our families on a daily basis.

“Secondly, we have developed an excellent STEM program, beginning in kindergarten.”

In addition to regular science classes, the school can offer STEM education through its Project Lead the Way curriculum.

One of the first things kindergarten classes do is to construct houses that can prevent the Big Bad Wolf (from a popular children’s story) from blowing them down.

That’s just one of the module. Project Lead the Way has multiple modules that become more challenging as children get older.

Rathke sees the value of such programming, which helps get students interested in the educational areas of science, technology and engineering.

“If they can get excited about those types of things already, they’re more apt to be excited when they get to the high school level and then potentially — at some point when they choose a major in college — they may be more apt to choose one of those fields that is greatly needed in America at this time,” he said.

Refreshments will be available at the kindergarten event.

“We will be talking about tuition and also will be explaining our tuition assistance program for those who may need extra financial help to attend Trinity,” he said.

For more information, contact Rathke at the school at 402-721-5959.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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