School for Children Celebrates 40 Years!

The SNU School for Children recently celebrated their 40th birthday since opening their doors in 1971.

Dr. Joy Beaver, a professor in the SNU School of Education, founded the School for Children.  She envisioned opening a lab school in a former dormitory, Jernigan Hall, as she was driving home one day.  After being turned down numerous times her persistence paid off and she was finally given the keys to Jernigan Hall in the spring of 1971.

"Our greatest legacies are the teachers that have taught at the lab school and the children who have attended.  Our children go out of our lab school with a love for learning, they learn how to learn, and they learn about life. Our legacy can be found in the successes of our students," said Dr. Beaver, founder and Director Emeritus.

The old university dormitory continued to educate hundreds of children for over 37 years. Dr. Beaver directed the school and mentored future educators in a powerful way until her retirement in 2005. The School for Children was later moved to Calvary Church of the Nazarene when Jernigan Hall was demolished in July of 2009.

Since that time, Dr. Tim Taylor has stepped in with vision, guidance and support. Throughout the past year students and teachers have been building in excitement to celebrate the school’s monumental anniversary.

“Each month we did a birthday challenge around the number 40.  One month they had to learn 40 people from the Bible.  Another month they had to spend 40 minutes in service to someone else,” said Julie Brant, current School for Children Site Director.

In addition to the birthday celebration, the School for Children is also celebrating receiving their accreditation for the coming school year (2012-13).  Administrators received neither deficiencies nor suggestions for improvement by the accreditation officer.

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.