On Sept. 5, the staff of Zion Lutheran School opened the doors for its 31st year and welcomed students to their classrooms. Students from Pre-Kindergarten through grades five began the year with a chapel service led by Zion's Pastor, Rev. Aaron Schian. Zion students fulfill and exceed all state standards, with grades three through five taking the required state exams, and annually earning above average scores.

The Parent-Teacher League (PTL) is active at Zion, and through fundraising is able to assist the program by providing extracurricular funding for gym, art and music classes. As a new event this year, the PTL will have a meal and a parenting class each month before its regular meeting.

A newly updated computer lab, homemade hot lunches, and newly painted classrooms are some of the things that the children greeted with enthusiasm this year. The students are eagerly anticipating field trips, celebrating National Lutheran School's week, as well as taking part in two concerts.

Zion's Kindergarten through five teachers have received state certifications, and all of the classroom teachers are members of Zion Lutheran Church. Zion's music teachers are also available for private music lessons to learn a specific instrument.

Zion Lutheran School enrolls children from preschool through grade five in a Christ-centered environment with high academic standards in a loving, family-like atmosphere. Zion Lutheran School has an open enrollment policy for children of all denominations, races, color and ethnic origins. Limited scholarship funds are available for families in financial need. Zion serves the children in local schools districts including Owego-Apalachin, Candor, Newark Valley, Union Endicott, Tioga Center and parts of Vestal. For more information about Zion, call (607) 687-6376 or visit www.zionowego.org. You can also find them Facebook!

Submitted by Zion Lutheran School