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Christian Day Nursery School celebrates 50 years

By BECKY PARCHER • Updated Apr 19, 2018 at 5:10 PM

The Christian Day Nursery School celebrated 50 years this week at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Norwalk.

The school was designed for preschool-aged children from throughout the community.

It was founded in 1967 when St. Peter was still on East Main Street. The pastor, the Rev. Haldon Robarge, had asked church council to approve either a day care center or a day nursery school. It would be held in the Sunday school annex on Milan Avenue north of the church. Council approved the nursery school.

Nancy Warner was appointed director and classes began the fall of 1967 with nine children taught by Julia Sands and Joyce Meyer. By the spring of 1968, 15 children were enrolled.

Today there are eight staff members and 120 students ages 3, 4 and 5. Most of them aren't Lutheran. Church members said the school is an important link to the community that shows St. Peter's diverse, public support.

Warner was the director for more then 25 years, followed by Patricia Gottfried for 20. Currently, Michelle Schaffer has served as director for 10 years of the Christian Day Nursery School (CDNS).

On Sunday, the children enrolled in CDNS sang three songs for the congregation at the 10:30 service. Birthday cake and breakfast were served to families before the service.

On Monday and Tuesday, the children enjoyed birthday activities during large-motor and music classes to celebrate the 50th anniversary.

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