A Brief History of Christian Educationat St. Paul's, Brownsville
A full-time Lutheran Elementary School was established in 1924. It was typical of the one room white frame schools found throughout this area. Two years later, Mr. Arnold F. Wilbrecht was installed as teacher, organist, and choir director. He would serve in all these roles until his retirement in 1962.
In 1958 two classrooms were built onto the back of the church. The building was constructed by Arnold Ewerdt (son of Otto) at a cost of $28,000. These rooms then served as our kindergarten and primary grade classrooms. Two more classrooms and office space were added to the school in 1970. The cost was $65,000. Our intermediate and upper grade classes were previously taught in these rooms.
In 1978, the congregation erected a gymnasium/fellowship hall at a cost of $160,000. Besides providing the congregation with a room for larger gatherings, it also provided our sports-minded students with a facility for playing indoor sports. This addition included a kitchen, locker rooms, and junior high school sized basketball court.
Kindergarten classes were begun in the early 1970s and Early Childhood program has expanded to include K-3 and K-4. In 2017, The Kindergarten Room has pre-K classes, Room 2 has grades K-4, and Room 4 has grades 5-8. Room 3 is being used as the Principal-Pastor office, some special daytime classes and Bible Classes on Sunday mornings.
Due to declining enrollments St. Paul's church is now partnering with nearby WELS churches to provide Christian education for our children. St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Oakfield, St. John in Lomira, and St. Matthew's in Iron Ridge have made their facilities available to us. Please contact Pastor Carter for more information at 920-979-3087 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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