There are over one million children of school age in the greater Chicago area. Of these, eighty-nine attend the Protestant Reformed Christian School in South Holland. Nevertheless, while the enrollment of many of these large school systems is either dwindling or necessitating the closing of its doors altogether, our little school is growing.
The history of the Protestant Reformed Christian School of South Holland is not without its “skeletons.” It is a school which has, by God’s grace, weathered adversity as well as prosperity—both of which can sound the death knell of Reformed, covenantal education.
If you were driving through South Holland looking for our school, you would be sure to find it if you looked for the school beautifully landscaped and festooned with flowers. In the spring, tall, elegant tulips abound; in the summer, petunias cascade over the grounds; and in the fall, glorious clumps of mums flourish. In the winter, our school might be difficult to find, since it is tucked rather unobtrusively behind the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland.
Like nearly all of our Protestant Reformed Christian Schools, South Holland is a handsome, well-furnished facility in which to educate its children. I stress this because we must never take such blessings for granted. When Jehovah demands the training of His covenant seed, He doesn’t promise commodious buildings and all the latest in educational equipment. While we enjoy them, we should consider them “blessings upon blessing.”
What began as a four-room school in 1961 has burgeoned into a six-room school along with a central office and adequate storage space. Our recent addition provides a spacious assembly room, suitable for such activities as chapel exercises held each Thursday. It also includes a large library, presently accommodating the kindergarten class in the mornings.
Our school, employing four full-time teachers and one who teaches kindergarten half days, has always been multi-graded. Although our school began with three teachers, each responsible for three grades, the current task has been altered somewhat, each teacher now instructing two grades.
The Protestant Reformed Christian School in South Holland—in growing may it remember Him Who nourishes, in prospering may it consider The Source of all riches, and in its years of great strength may it ascribe all glory to Him Whose strength alone is able to keep our school from failing.